High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free
National anthem of Sierra Leone
|Lyrics||Clifford Nelson Fyle, 1961|
|Music||John Akar (arranged by Logie E. K. Wright), 1961|
|Preceded by||"God Save The Queen"|
"High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free" (instrumental, one verse)
It was written by Clifford Nelson Fyle and composed by John Akar. It was adopted as the national anthem in 1961 when the country became independent replacing "God Save The Queen". The Constitution of Sierra Leone, 1991, makes it the responsibility of every citizen of Sierra Leone to "respect its ideals and its institutions" including the national anthem.
It consists of three verses, each ending with the phrase "Land that we love, our Sierra Leone."
|High We Exalt Thee, Realm of the Free|
High we exalt thee, realm of the free;
One with a faith that wisdom inspires,
Knowledge and truth our forefathers spread,
- Anthony Karim, Kamara (2008-05-28), Change the Sierra Leone national Anthem, Sierra Leone: Cocorioko Newspaper, retrieved 2008-06-29
- Government of Sierra Leone, Constitution of the Republic of Sierra Leone - 1991 (PDF), Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Encyclopedia, retrieved 2008-06-29
- Clifford Nelson, Fyle, The National Anthem (PDF), Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Encyclopedia, retrieved 2008-06-29