The College Song


Decked with shady palms and trees,
Fringed with rich mahoganies,
There beneath a glowing sky,
St John’s up rears her crest on high

Chorus:
Praise St. John your Patron Saint,
And lest in deed or word you taint,
Your Alma Mater’s ancient name,
Johnians ! Always play the game.

Christian lore she gives her boys,
Ever prizing heavenly joys,
Her highest pride a noble mind,
Her Greatest joy a heart that’s kind.

Chorus:
Praise St. John your Patron Saint,
And lest in deed or word you taint,
Your Alma Mater’s ancient name,
Johnians ! Always play the game.

“In the darkness shines the light”,
Johnians! With your torches bright,
Chase the gloom of night away,
Shed thro’ the word eternal day.

Chorus:
Praise St. John your Patron Saint,
And lest in deed or word you taint,
Your Alma Mater’s ancient name,
Johnians ! Always play the game.


 

The College Hymn


Eternal God and Father
We praise you for St. John’s
Our beloved, alma mater
Blest, sturdy, sure and strong
With age she grows in beauty
Sharing the mighty truth;
Light drives away the darkness
The shades of gloom retreat.

We bless the early pioneers
Who had the vision grand,
To bring the torch of learning
To Lanka’s golden strand
They lit the flame undying
Of faith and hope and love
Of boldness, grit and courage,
In work and sport and games.

Lead, Lord into the future
Both teacher and the taught,
To seek the truth and keep it
However, hard it be;
To hope and pray and labour,
In spite of mighty odds;
And win the golden medal
In life’s Olympic race.

O light of light eternal
To, Lanka grant your peace,
O let your Holy Spirit
Into our hearts breathe love,
And may our College flourish,
From age to age, for aye;
A lighthouse in the darkness,
Of wisdom, joy and hope.