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Ellan Vannin

Have you ever heard the poem entitled Ellan Vannin by Eliza Craven Green? It’s a lovely poem written in the 1800s that embodies the beauty of the Island and has sometimes been referred to as the alternative Manx national anthem.

[singlepic id=14 w=160 h=120 float=right]When the summer day is over
And the busy cares have flown,
Then I sit beneath the starlight
With a weary heart. alone,
And there rises like a vision,
Sparkling bright in nature’s glee,
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With its green hills by the sea.

[singlepic id=15 w=160 h=120 float=right]Then I hear the wavelets murmur
As they kiss the fairy shore,
Then beneath the em’rald waters
Sings the mermaid as of yore,
And the fair Isle shines with beauty
As in youth it dawned on me,
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With its green hills by the sea.

[singlepic id=13 w=160 h=120 float=right]Then mem’ries sweet and tender
Come like music’s plaintive flow,
Of someone in Ellan Vannin
That lov’d me long ago,
So I give with tears and blessings,
And my fondest thoughts to thee,
My own dear Ellan Vannin
With its green hills by the sea.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. If you’re musically inclined you can find the words of Ellan Vannin set to music by J. Townsend on the Manx Notebook.

Kind thanks to Peter Killey from ManxScenes for the lovely photos of the Isle of Man shown alongside the poem.

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  • louise
    Posted at 14:06h, 04 March

    i love this song it relaxes me when i was in yr 4 (i am in yr 6 now) i used to go on my swing in the summer in my blue summer dress from andreas school and i used to sing it because i knew it all off by heart because andreas used 2 always sing it!

  • Claire
    Posted at 20:52h, 23 September

    This is a lovely song I know it of by heart but it would be great if somewhere you could include a Manx version as it sounds beautiful in our native Tongue. Thank you

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