Monday, Nov. 09, 1953

God Save the Queen

The British Empire's ties that bind loosened a little more last week. Ceylon, smallest of the dominions, decided not to fly the British Union Jack or to play God Save the Queen at official functions. Ceylonese have a flag of their own and their own Anthem, Namo Namo Matha (Hail, Hail, Mother):

Hail, Mother Ceylon, we worship Thee, Plenteous in prosperity Thou, Beauteous in grace and love, Laden with corn and luscious fruit And fragrant flowers of radiant hue . . . Receive our grateful praise sublime, Mother Ceylon, we worship Thee . . .