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The World Song

This is the official song of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). The World Song was adopted in 1950 at the 13th World Conference in Oxford, England. The music, originally composed as the march for one of Finland's oldest Scout companies, was adapted with the approval of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, from his March, Opus 91b. The World Song was first published with English words in 1952, by Gavin Ewart.

The music is copyright and cannot be reproduced here. However, there is a piano midi file here: http://www.helsinki.fi/~jnuotio/mids/scoutmrc.html.

Another one is here: http://www.epilogsys.com/scoutingweb/images/world.mid .

A sung version can be heard here: http://www.bc-girlguides.org/resources/music/audio/worldsong.wav .

 

The World Song

Our way is clear as we march on

And see our flag on high

Is never furled throughout the world

For hope shall never die!

We must unite for what is right

In friendship true and strong

Until the earth in its rebirth

Shall sing our song! Shall sing our song!

 

All those who loved the true and good

Whose promises were kept

With humble minds, whose acts were kind,

Whose honour never slept;

These were the free and we must be

Prepared like them to live

To give to all, both great and small

All we can give, all we can give.