Home | Songs By Year | Songs from 1895

Vivas Schola Regia

Buy Vivas Schola Regia now from Amazon

First, read the Wikipedia article. Then, scroll down to see what other TopShelfReviews readers thought about the song. And once you've experienced the song, tell everyone what you thought about it.

Wikipedia article

'Vivas Schola Regia', officially 'Scholae Regiae Edinensis Carmen', is the song of the Royal High School of Edinburgh. The Latin lyrics were written by the Rector, Dr. John Marshall, in 1895, and set to music by Sir Alexander Mackenzie, a former pupil of the school.John Murray, 'A History of the Royal High School'. Edinburgh, Royal High School, 1997, p. 65. James Trotter comments on Marshall's character and influence: 'The spirit which inspired him is well exhibited in his "Song of the High School."'James J. Trotter, 'The Royal High School, Edinburgh'. London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1911, p. 70.

The first two verses are sung with the refrain at the end of the annual school session, on the Commemoration and Prize Giving Day each July. The third line, 'sicut arx in colle sita' ('like a citadel placed on a hill': this is the literal meaning, not the one that Marshall used in his English translation) refers both to the situation of the school building on the slopes of Calton Hill and to the school crest, which shows a turreted castle on a rock.

The school song, along with the centenary hymn, 'Nisi Dominus Frustra' (words by J.C. Stewart, music by Charles H. F. O'Brien), is one of two well-known musical compositions the school has produced.'Royal High School: 'Nisi Dominus Frustra' and 'Schola Regia' ' (Edinburgh: Bruce Clements, 1925), pp. 6-7, in 'Sacred Music' (British Museum, 5 August 1925). British Library, E.1498.t.(46.). It has been learnt by generations of Royal High Scholars, and the cultural historian John Bruce Barclay relates a well-known anecdote that testifies to its general currency: 'During the darkest period of the Second World War a watch on board a ship in a middle-east harbour was pacing the deck when he suddenly heard in the darkness the watch on another ship whistling a tune. It was familiar. It was the School song. The solo became a duet but neither man saw the other.'J. B. Barclay, 'The Tounis Scule: The Royal High School of Edinburgh'. Edinburgh, The Royal High School Club, 1974, p. 78.

'SCHOLAE REGIAE EDINENSIS CARMEN'Trotter, 'Royal High School', pp. 135-7.

Vivas, Schola Edinensis,

Schola Regia venerabilis!

Sicut arx in colle sita,

Sicut sol e nubibus densis,

Splendes, splendeas in aeternum,

Alma Mater atque amabilis:


'Vivas Schola Regia,'

'Vivas Schola Regia,'

'Vivas, vivas, Schola Regia!'

'Schola Regia!'

Quo in aevo tu vetusto

Inter parva infans parvula

Faustis tamen omnium votis

Domicilio in angusto

Cursum tuum ad honores

Iniisti vaga, tremula -


Tumgavisa est Doctrina

Gaudent Leges, gaudent Artes;

Matar enim tu bonorum

Surgis altera Erycina

Inter gratias atque Amoris

Splendidas actura partes.


Vivas, atque in annoscrescas,

Alma Mater, Schola amata!

Omnium particeps honorum

Surgas semper, neu compescas

Studium tuum gloriae sacrum;

Fausta sis, felix, beata!


Liberi tui te laudamus

Laeto omnium cum clamore,

Et quum multis posthac annis

Tui quam juvenes amabamus,

Senes rursus meminerimus,

Vi clamabimus haud minore.


Hac ex vita nos cesserimus,

Nomen nostrum mox peribit;

Sed in saecula mortis expers

Tu manebis et veterrimus

Honos tuus revirescens

Juniores anteibit.


Marshall also composed an English version:

'SONG OF THE ROYAL HIGH SCHOOL'Trotter, 'Royal High School', pp. 138-9.

Royal High School, hail to thee!

Worth our worship, worth our praising!

Like a tower set gloriously,

Like a sun mid clouds outblazing,

Shinst thou forth, whose song were raising.

Shine thou, shine eternally!

Vivas Schola Regia!

When in ages long departed,

Small thy birthplace, small beginning,

Yet midst omens loyal-hearted

Into life thine entrance winning,

Kind the Fates thy fortune spinning,

Honours race thou boldly started,

Vivas Schola Regia!

Learning then thine advent prizing,

Hailed thee gladly. Art and Science

Joyed to watch thy fair uprising

Venus-like, in storms defiance,

While the Muses bowed compliance,

Such thy beautys charm enticing.

Vivas Schola Regia!

Live thou on, with years increasing,

Mother kind, our hearts best treasure!

Let ambition, still unceasing,

Lead where Duty weds with Pleasure,

Glory seeking, yet in measure,

Nought of base they thirst appeasing.

Vivas Schola Regia!

We thy children sound thy glory

With hearts united noising,

And when years have told their story,

And are youthful souls rejoicing

Changes to an older voicing,

Still well chant, though heads be hoary,

Vivas Schola Regia!

Soon must come the day of dying;

Soon our name and frame must perish.

Yet shalt you, Deaths power defying,

Still have hearts thy fame to cherish,

Still shalt grow and still shalt flourish,

Younger wrestlers strength outvying!

Vivas Schola Regia!


Category:British anthems

Category:Institutional songs

Category:Scottish songs

Category:1895 in Scotland

Category:1895 songs

Category:Royal High School, Edinburgh

Buy Vivas Schola Regia now from Amazon

<-- Return to songs from 1895

This work is released under CC-BY-SA. Some or all of this content attributed to http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?oldid=1028479428.