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St. Maarten Song


The St. Maarten Song

The St. Maarten song was written and composed by Father G. Kemps

Born in Venraay, the Netherlands, in 1902. Father Kemps was a Roman Catholic priest who worked for over 30 years on Saint Martin (French side)


O Sweet St. Maarten land


Where over the world, say where:

You find an Island there,

So lovely small with nations free,

With people French and Dutch,

Though talking English much,

As the St. Martin in the sea?


O, sweet Saint Martin's Land

So bright by beach and strand

With sailors on the sea

And harbours free;

Where the chains of mountains green

Variously in sunlight sheen;

O, I love thy Paradise,

Nature beauty fairly nice!

How pretty between all green

Flamboyant’s beaming gleam

Of flowers red by sunlight set!

Thy cows and sheep and goats

In meadows or on roads,

They donkeys keen can't I forget


Saint Martin, I like thy name,

In which Columbus fame,

And memories of old are closed.

For me a great delight:

Thy Southern Cross the night.

May God the Lord protect thy coast!