Saba’s Anthem

Saba you rise from the ocean is the national song of  Saba. The anthem was written and composed by the Dominican nun Christina Maria Jeurissen (a.k.a. sister Waltruda) in 1960.

 

English Lyrics

Saba, you rise from the ocean,
With Mountain and hillside so steep,
How can we reach you to greet you,
Isle of the sea, rough and deep.
Come, let us look at the rowers
with faces so placid and calm,
Guide us now safe through the breakers,
take us ashore without harm.

Chorus:

Saba, Oh Jewel most precious,
In the Caribbean sea.
Mem’ries will stay of thy beauty,
Though we may roam far from thee.

Saba, oh pearl of the ocean,
Friendly and lovely, though small,
Do not forget to be grateful,
To God the creator of all.
He in his goodness will guide you
and bless you in every part,
Making you always most precious
Saba, so dear to my heart.

Chorus:

Saba, Oh jewel most precious,
In the Caribbean Sea.
Mem’ries will stay of thy beauty,
Though we may roam far from thee.

 

Karel Sorton plays Saba’s Anthem on his pan in front of the Government building in The Bottom.