The Pledge & National Song
The Independence Pledge, was written by Marjorie Padmore, it was composed for school children and is usually recited at mornings in school assembly and on special occasions like Independence Day and Republic Day.
Marjorie Padmore created countless musical rhymes and jingles for the Ministry of Education School Broadcasting Unit and is also known for composing the national song "God Bless Our Nation" and for writing the music for "Our Lands of Sun and Seas."
As one of the pioneering team of educational broadcasters in this country in 1960, she left the Government Teachers' College to pursue a career that would blend music and broadcasting. She was the first woman to head the Broadcasting Unit, a position she held until her departure for the post of Director of the School of Music established by the National Cultural Council in 1976. Marjorie gave over thirty years service to the Anglican church. She was awarded the Humming Bird Medal for her contribution to the Nation.
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I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life
To the service of God
And to my country.
I will honour my parents,
My teachers, my leaders and my elders,
And those in authority
I will be clean and honest in all my thoughts,
My words and my deeds.
I will strive, in everything I do
To work together with my fellowmen
Of every creed and race
For the greater happiness of all
And the honour and glory
Of my country.
THE NATIONAL SONG
God bless our nation Of many varied races May we possess that common love That binds and makes us One. Let it be known around the world That we can boast of Unity And take a pride in Our Liberty. God bless our isles of tropic beauty rare Of flaming Poinciana And shady immortelle The warm and sparkling waters That beat upon our shores Beat out a tune that seem to tell We take a pride in Our Liberty. God bless our leaders Give them grace to guide Bestow on them thy judgement wise To rule our land aright To keep the flag of freedom high that we may sing most lustily We take a pride in Our Liberty.
By Marjorie Padmore