Sarnia Cherie

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.

George Deighton

This needs no introduction for Guernsey people, as it is used as the anthem of the Baliwick. Sarnia, is popularly thought to be the latin name for the Guernsey. (Although The Ancient & Modern Names of the Channel Islands by Richard Coats suggest that "Sarmia" may have been one of Sark's early names, while Guernsey's name was probably "Lisia".)

The words were written in 1911 by George Deighton. I find the lines "Where the soil gave up diamonds, silver and gold./The sun always shone, and "race" took no part," to be particularly interesting, written as it was in the closing stages of the British Empire. Where was Deighton thinking of when he wrote these? My guess is somewhere in southern Africa. Can anyone throw some light on this?