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National Anthem of Belize

6 July 2012 One Comment

Land of the Free is the national anthem of Belize. The words were written by Samuel Alfred Haynes and the music by Selwyn Walford Young in 1963. It was officially adopted in 1981.

O. Land of the Free by the Carib Sea,
Our manhood we pledge to thy liberty!
No tyrants here linger, despots must flee
This tranquil haven of democracy
The blood of our sires which hallows the sod,
Brought freedom from slavery oppression’s rod,
By the might of truth and the grace of God,
No longer shall we be hewers of wood.

Arise! ye sons of the Baymen’s clan,
Put on your armour, clear the land!
Drive back the tyrants, let despots flee –
Land of the Free by the Carib Sea!

Nature has blessed thee with wealth untold,
O’er mountains and valleys where prairies roll;
Our fathers, the Baymen, valiant and bold
Drove back the invader; this heritage hold
From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon,
Through coral isle, over blue lagoon;
Keep watch with the angels, the stars and moon;
For freedom comes tomorrow’s noon.

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  • Mr.Chuc said:

    I am a proud Belizean but I cannot sing the Belizean Nation anthem. Our Belize anthem sounds more like a Tribute to the Colonial White masters rather than Belizean. The beymen were white scotts who had my African ancestors like slave and then stole the land of the my Maya ancestors … the baymen saw my Maya people as ” Wild savage Indians ” and the baymen saw my African ancestors just as ” Slaves” and treated us worst then animals .why will We sing it ? Why will we continue giving tribut to the people that cause so much pain to our ancestors? Why? The anthem sounds more like a tribute to the white masters …. Belize is more than just the baymen clan …Look at the faces of the Belizean people we are a multiethnic nation …. I truly think that line ” Sons of the baymen clan ” should be change to ” Sons of the Belizean land ” or ” sons of the Belizean soil” Sorry I offended any one but I am a proud Belizean thinks we need an anthem that would include each and every Belizean …a true Belizean anthem not a Conial anthem

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