Song of the Republic

From Pakaraima’s peaks of pow’r

To Courentyne’s lush sands,

Her children pledge each faithful hour

To guard Guyana’s lands.

To foil the shock of rude invader

Who’d violate her earth,

To cherish and defend forever

The State that gave them birth.

 

We’ll forge a nation’s mighty soul

Construct a nation’s frame;

Freedom our everlasting goal,

Courage and truth our aim,

Unyielding in our quest for peace

Like ancient heroes brave,

To strive and strive and never cease

With Strength beyond the slave.

 

Guyana, climb the glorious perch

To fame, prosperity;

Join in the universal search

For world- wide comity.

Your people what soe’er their breed

Their hue or quality,

With one firm never changing creed

The nation’s unity.

‘THE ‘SONG of the Republic’ can be sung any time of the year.To any Guyanese, the words of that song ought to resonate with all the power and beauty and value as when it was first performed publicly 41 years ago. Yet so little is heard of this powerful patriotic song.  It is not that we have become less patriotic, but we may have become busier with other interests than that of country. The music of the song is electric, matching the meaning of the lyrics. There is no denying its intent — rallying all Guyanese.’ – Guyana Chronicle (2011)

Words by Cleveland W. Hamilton
Music by Frank Daniels