Do you guys remember the National Song for schools, “I Pledge My Heart?” I absolutely love this song and used to look forward to singing it during devotions when I attended the Queen’s School. Sometimes, I find myself humming the song or singing it quietly to myself.
Like the National Anthem, “I Pledge My Heart” is a call to action on the part of the nation’s youth to basically be proud of being a Jamaican and to work hard towards the betterment of the country. The song, as well as a prayer and pledge for schools, were crafted to prepare the nation’s youth for nationhood on the eve of Independence in 1962.
Written by the Hon. Victor Stafford Reid (May 1, 1913 – August 25, 1987), the National Song for Schools is set to the music of “I Vow To Thee My Country,” a British patriotic song.
Here are the words for “I Pledge My Heart:”
I pledge my heart forever
To serve with humble pride
This shining homeland, ever
So long as earth abide.
I pledge my heart, this island
As God and faith shall live
My work, my strength, my love and
My loyalty to give.
O green isle of the Indies,
Jamaica, strong and free,
Our vows and loyal promises
O heartland, ‘tis to Thee.
And here’s a video from the Ministry of Education of a combined primary school choir singing “I Pledge My Heart.” Let’s sing along with them. After two: one, two:
Until next time…
Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Codes for national Symbols
The Sunday Gleaner, January 28, 1962