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Published on Mar 7, 2010
The College Anthem was composed by Edgar and J.M.L. Neydorff, and the original manuscript is dated 25 November 1920. The words are by J.M. Lanigan, OMI.
Video music by Mr. Prasanna Silva & Video composed by Mr. Lakindu Nanayakkara.
Full College Anthem
1. Fruits of Virtue and of Knowledge, here we gather Peace and Power, Symbolised in yonder banner floating o'er St. Joseph's Tower, White and Blue its mystic colours, harmonising strong and clear, Stolen from the distant mountains, from the wild waves breaking near. From the wild waves breaking near, Harmonising, strong and clear, White and Blue our mystic colours, 'til the mountains disappear. From the wild waves breaking near, Harmonising, strong and clear, White and Blue our mystic colours, 'til the mountains disappear.
2. Where the peerless Pearl of Indies hides its glow on ocean's breast, White and Blue is nature's setting, To the gem she loves the best; Closely clasped by silv'ry breakers, Fretted from the flowing tide, Round it heave the swelling billows - Rolling blue o'er waters wide. Fretted from the flowing tide, Rolling blue o'er waters wide, Fretted breakers, swelling billows - White and Blue, the Ocean's pride.
3. Where the Ard-righ of the mountains, Gaurisanker, proudly reigns, Round his throne a thousand vassals, Fearless guardians of the plains, Thunder back their monarch's greeting, 'neath his canopy of blue - Lightning-darts their quivers keeping, Shining white their armours hue. 'Neath his canopy of blue, shining white their armours hue; Snow-clad peak and bended heavens, Keep aloft the White and Blue.
4. Where our Lady, Queen of Heaven, deigned on earth to reappear, In the grotto o'er the torrent from the mountains rising near, White and Blue her robe and girdle, Lily white her mantle too - Then we'll wear Our Lady's colours, Dear St. Joseph's White and Blue. Then Hurrah for White and Blue, Then Hurrah for White and Blue, Still we'll wear Our Lady's colours - Dear St. Joseph's White and Blue.