Come Ye Blessed

"Come Ye Blessed" is one of the two territorial songs of the British overseas territory of the Pitcairn Islands, the other being "We from Pitcairn Island".[1] "Come Ye Blessed" is also the official territorial song of the Australian territory of Norfolk Island and is sung at most island events. It is also known as the "Pitcairn Anthem" in Norfolk Island, suggesting it may have been already in use and brought by Pitcairn Islanders upon their arrival in 1856.[2]

Come Ye Blessed

Anthem of the Pitcairn Islands and Norfolk Island
MusicJohn Prindle Scott

The lyrics are taken from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, verses 34–36 and 40.[3][4] The music was composed by John Prindle Scott (1877–1932) and published in 1917.[5] "God Save the Queen" remains the official national and royal anthem of the Pitcairn Islands and the official royal anthem of Norfolk Island.[3]

LyricsEdit

Then shall the King
Say unto them
On his right hand:
Come ye blessed of my Father
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you
From the foundation of the world
I was hunger’d and ye gave me meat,
I was thirsty and ye gave me drink
I was a stranger and ye took me in,
Naked and ye clothed me,
I was sick and ye visited me,
I was in prison and ye came unto me
In as much ye have done it unto one of the least of
These my brethren
Ye have done it unto me,
Ye have done it unto me.[4][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pitcairn Islands – nationalanthems.info". Retrieved 2022-02-12.
  2. ^ "Norfolk Island – nationalanthems.info". Retrieved 2022-02-12.
  3. ^ a b The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 2012. p. 542.
  4. ^ a b "Our History". Norfolk Island Church Of England. 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2022-02-12.
  5. ^ Scott, John Prindle (1917). Come, ye blessed. Harold B. Lee Library. New York : G. Schirmer.
  6. ^ "Pitcairn Anthem". Norfolk Island Central School. Archived from the original on 2001-04-30. Retrieved 2022-02-12.

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