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