A group of islands, loved and lovely, first a colony -
Strung out like a necklace flung across the southern seas -
Now a beautiful Dominion, God's own gift to us -
A jewel in the Israel crown, a pearl most marvellous
Rich in churches, farms and cities; pastures, cattle, sheep -
where this people British-bred their ancient laws may keep.
First of Britain's family to come to Britain's aid -