Sarnia Cherie

The original poem, 'Guernsey Dear'', was written by George Deighton in 1911 and set to music as a romantic waltz by Domenico Santangelo.

It was given the title Sarnia Cherie and soon became Guernsey's national anthem.

The song has been played far and wide since it was first performed at the former St Julian's Theatre [later the Gaumont Cinema] in November 1911.

Its popularity increased as a result of the Second World War when the nostalgic tune stirred patriotic feeling and was adopted by ex-patriots as their anthem.

Lyrics

Sarnia; dear Homeland, Gem of the sea.

Island of beauty, my heart longs for thee.

Thy voice calls me ever, in waking, or sleep,

Till my soul cries with anguish, my eyes ache to weep.

In fancy I see thee, again as of yore,

Thy verdure clad hills and thy wave beaten shore.

Thy rock sheltered bays, ah; of all thou art best,

I'm returning to greet thee, dear island of rest.

Sarnia Cherie. Gem of the sea.

Home of my childhood, my heart longs for thee.

Thy voice calls me ever, forget thee I'll never,

Island of beauty. Sarnia Cherie.

I left thee in anger, I knew not thy worth

Journeyed afar, to the ends of the earth.

Was told of far countries, the heav'n of the bold,

Where the soil gave up diamonds, silver and gold.

The sun always shone, and 'race' took no part,

But thy cry always reached me, its pain wrenched my heart.

So I'm coming home, thou of all art the best.

Returning to greet thee, dear island of rest.

Sarnia Cherie. Gem of the sea.

Home of my childhood, my heart longs for thee.

Thy voice calls me ever, forget thee I'll never,

Island of beauty. Sarnia Cherie.