Vive La Martiniere

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Vive La Martiniere  (1860s) 
by Frederick James Rowe

Vive La Martiniere is the school song for the three schools founded by Major General Claude Martin in Calcutta and Lucknow in India and in Lyon, France. The song was written in the late 1860s by Frederick James Rowe while he was an English teacher at La Martiniere Boys' College in Calcutta, India. The song is now an inseparable part of the ceremonies at all seven schools, and is sung in honour of the school's founder Claude Martin. Two recordings of the song are available online. The first version is complete with words, while the second version is a recording of the music only.

Hail! Hail! the name we own Frederick James Rowe

Hail! Hail! the name we own;
Hail! to the giver;
Blessing and bright renown;
Be his forever!

Verse 1:

All his martial deeds may die,
Lasting still his charity;
This his laurel blooms for aye,
Dead he lives in us today.
This then our song shall be,
As we chant his eulogy -
"May our Founder's name endure;
Ever spotless, ever pure."


Verse 2:

Faithful may we ever be
Followers of his constancy;
Firm of hand against the foe
Soft of heart to succour woe.
This then our song shall be,
As we chant his eulogy -
"May our Founder's name endure
Ever spotless ever pure!"


This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.