1. Fruits of Virtue and of Knowledge,
here we gather Peace and Power,
Symbolised in yonder banner
floating o’er St. Joseph’s Tower,
White and Blue its mystic colours, harmonising strong and clear,
Stolen from the distant mountains, from the wild waves breaking
From the wild waves breaking near, Harmonising, strong and
White and Blue our mystic colours, ‘til the mountains disappear.
2. Where the peerless Pearl of Indies
hides its glow on ocean's
White and Blue is nature's setting, To the gem she loves the
Closely clasped by silv'ry breakers, Fretted from the flowing
Round it heave the swelling billows - Rolling blue o'er waters
Fretted from the flowing tide, Rolling blue o'er waters wide,
Fretted breakers, swelling billows - White and Blue, the Ocean's
3. Where the Ard-righ of the mountains, Gaurisanker, proudly
Round his throne a thousand vassals, Fearless guardians of the
Thunder back their monarch's greeting, 'neath his canopy of blue
Lightning-darts their quivers keeping, Shining white their
'Neath his canopy of blue, shining white their armours hue;
Snow-clad peak and bended heavens, Keep aloft the White and
4. Where our Lady, Queen of Heaven, deigned on earth to
In the grotto o'er the torrent from the mountains rising near,
White and Blue her robe and girdle, Lily white her mantle too -
Then we'll wear Our Lady's colours, Dear St. Joseph's White and
Then Hurrah for White and Blue, Then Hurrah for White and Blue,
Still we'll wear Our Lady's colours - Dear St. Joseph's White and
College Anthem Music
The College Anthem was composed by
Edgar and J.M.L. Neydorff, and the original manuscript
25 November 1920. Mr. Edgar Neydorff was a Silver Jubilarian
master at SJC.Although
the College Anthem was written during the
final year (1916) of the Rectorship of Rev. Fr.
Charles Collin O.M.I. the anthem was made official during the 2nd term of
of Rev. Fr. Maurice LeGoc O.M.I. The words are by Rev. Fr. J.M.
SATB (soprano/treble, alto, tenor and bass)
This harmony was realised in January 2000 for St. Cecilia's
Choir of St. Joseph's College.
Voicing: TTBB (tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone, bass)
This second harmony
for equal voices, is dated 02 March 2017, and was first
the Old Joes' Choir (OJC) at its 20th anniversary concert on
the Feast of St. Joseph, on
Sunday, 19 March 2017, and this performance filmed live, is
The arrangements are for St. Joseph's College, and are to be
sung by current boys
and old boys - ‘til the mountains disappear.
About St. Joseph's and the
St. Joseph's College is located at No. 214, T.B. Jayah
Mawatha (former Darley Road), Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.
reach the Welfare Office on Telephone 0112698642. The area is
called Maradana or more specifically, Suduwella. The link above
opens the Wikipedia article on the College.
Though the first verse of the college anthem says that the
colour blue is taken from the distant mountains and the wild
waves breaking near, the colours of the college flag are based
our Blessed Mother.
The founder priests from the Order of Mary Immaculate, could
do no less.
This is proved beyond doubt by the fourth verse, in tribute to
Our Lady of Lourdes, which was revived as part of the anthem in
performances by St. Cecilia's Choir of St. Joseph's College,
from 2012 onwards.