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Written by Edmund Cheong   
Mar 07, 2008 at 08:36 PM

"Attention Franciscans a voice is resounding..." or for some other Lasallians, "All through our college..." Most La Sallian schools in Malaysia share the same school rally. Same tune different words of course and it ie believed that it orginates from one man. A La Salle brother. Read more about our rally here.

I was browsing the School Website, and I saw a link in the school website called "anthem". When I clicked on the link, I heard the school rally playing. And at the bottom of the lyrics, I saw this: "This MIDI file (rally.mid) was produced by Alvin Seah & Edmund Cheong." This was done in 1996 when Alvin and I was in Form 5. Nicholas, my brother did contribute a little. I had a Pentium MMX 166MHz Computer. Was the fastest back then. Anyway, the midi sounds cute and if there's some time, one day, we will do a revision to this file.

Okay, back to my story, after listening to the midi, I wanted to know more oabout this little song; so I made some research on the internet. I learnt from a website, La Salle College Old Boys Association, a research (2003) done by Mark Huang; said that he got this information from Brother Herman Fenton, the oldest surviving Christian Brother living in LSC at the time of writing, the lyrics of our School Song was written by Brother Marcian James (1869 - 1938). However, regarding the origin of the melody, all that's known is the melody was supplied by Brother Cassian Brigant OBE, Principal of La Salle College 1946-1947 (lived 1886 - 1960) and that it is a French martial air. Anyone with connections to ask about olden French music, please see if someone could identify the piece.

Photo of Bro Herman, the man who provided the information to Lasallian Mark Huang (Hong Kong):

Brother Cassian Brigant OBE:

  

I am still looking for photos of Brother Marcian James

With Bro. Marcian's masterly command of English, he wrote no less than three school songs / rallies for various Christian Brothers schools: St Michael's Institution, Malaysia; St. Joseph's College, HK; La Salle College's School Song, St. Francis Institution, Melaka-Malaysia, and maybe most of the other La Salle School's in Malaysia/Asia.

From another site, St. Michael's Instituition, Ipoh, I got the following information:

Reverend Brother Marcian, served as Director for 5 months commencing in January 1938. Brief through his term at St. Michael's was, staff and students were profoundly moved by his obvious saintliness. It was Brother Marcian who composed the lyrics and tune of our school  song, 'All through Our College', drawn from an ancient Irish Song. A man of prayer, he founded the Confraternity of the Infant Jesus to encourage more vocations to the Institute of Christian Brothers. Brother Marcian is also remembered for making the necessary representations with the Education Department for the later expansion of the school's enrolment and for the beginning of the dual- session at SMI. Brother Marcian was much loved by pupils who crowded around him especially during the times when he was in hospital. His passing away 5 months later after his appointment as Director was greatly mourned by his staff and students. Something of his saintly spirit surely lives on at St. Michael's today.

I would also need someone to confirm on whether Bro. Marcian James and Bro. Marcian Cullen are the same people? Email me at . Now we know that the La Salle groups have something in common.

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Below is some of Bro. Marcian's work:

School Rally of St Joseph's College, Hong Kong

All through our College a voice is resounding,
Promptly respond to your duty's clear call.
Harken you all for the trumpet is sounding,
Your Mater's proclaiming her watchword to all. (Chorus)

CHORUS
Forward, not flinch nor fear,
Ever with heart sincere,
Render with joy to your Mater her due;
All that is vile reject; Heaven will e'er protect,
Sons of St. Joseph's valiant and true.

Labour and Virtue your motto still bearing,
Forward with courage in ways that are just
True to your standard be doing and daring,
As faithful Josephians in Heaven you trust. (Chorus)

Onward and upward in life's earnest battle,
Joyously bearing the brunt of the fight,
Nobly forgiving for aught that may pain you,
And bravely defending the cause of the right. (Chorus)

Lift up your hearts for a Kingdom awaits you,
Honour and Virtue with courage defend;
Serve Him in life, who in death can reward you,
And vow to be faithful and true to the end. (Chorus)



School Rally of Saint Michael Institution, Ipoh, Malaysia

All through our College a voice is resounding
Promptly respond to your duty's sweet call!
Harken you all for the trumpet is sounding
Your Mater's proclaiming her watchword to all
Forward my children dear!
Ever with heart sincere
Render with joy to your Mater her due
All that is vile, reject
Heaven will e'er protect Sons of St. Michael's.



School Rally of Saint Joseph's College, Singapore

All through our College a voice is resounding,
Promptly respond to your duty's clear call.
Harken you all for the trumpet is sounding,
Your Mater's proclaiming her watchword to all.

(Chorus) Forward, not flinch nor fear,
Ever with heart sincere,
Render with joy to your Mater her due;
All that is vile reject; Heaven will e'er protect,
Sons of St. Joseph's valiant and true.

Labour and Virtute your motto still bearing,
Forward with courage in ways that are just
True to your standard be doing and daring,
As faithful Josephians in Heaven you trust.
(Chorus)

Onward and upward in life's earnest battle,
Joyously bearing the brunt of the fight,
Nobly forgiving for aught that may pain you,
And bravely defending the cause of the right.
(Chorus)

Lift up your hearts for a Kingdom awaits you,
Honour and Virtue with courage defend;
Serve Him in life, who in death can reward you,
And vow to be faithful and true to the end.
(Chorus)


School Rally of Saint Xavier's Institution, Penang

All through our college a voice is resounding,
Promptly respond to your duty's sweet call,
Hearken you all for the trumpet is sounding,
Your mater's proclaiming her watchwords to all

(Chorus)
Forward her children dear,
Ever with hearts sincere,
Render with joy to your mater her due,All that is vile reject,
Heaven will e'er protect,
Sons of St Xavier's valiant and true,

Labour will conquer your motto still bearing,
Forward with courage in ways that are just,
True to your standard, be doing and daring,
As faithful Xaverians in Heaven your trust

(Chorus)
Forward her children dear,
Ever with hearts sincere,
Render with joy to your mater her due,
All that is vile reject,
Heaven will e'er protect,
Sons of St Xavier's valiant and true!

Source: La Salle College Old Boys Website & St. Michael's Institution Website.

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