Hymn of the day (”The Scout Hymn”)

by Richard on February 19, 2012

Now as I start upon my chosen way,
In all I do, my thoughts, my work, my play;
Grant as I Promise, Courage, Lord for me
To be the best, the Best that I can be.

Help me to keep my Honour shining bright
May I be loyal in the hardest fight;
Let me be able for my task and then
To earn a place among my fellow men.

Open mine eyes to see things as I should,
That I may do my daily turn of good
Let me be ready, waiting for each need
To keep me clean in thought and word and deed.

So as I journey on my chosen way,
In all I do, my thoughts, my work, my play,
Grant as I Promise, Courage, Lord for me
To be the best, the Best that I can be.

W. H. Ralph Reader

I’ve been on District Scout Camp this weekend, so it seemed appropriate to post this.

Even though it is awful.

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Pam 02.20.12 at 8:12 am

Maybe someone you know could write something better?


Richard 02.20.12 at 9:53 am

I’m sure they could.


Kim 02.20.12 at 3:54 pm

I’m sure anyone could! ;)


Pam 02.20.12 at 8:30 pm

Even Mr M Leunig:

The Awfulisers

Every night and every day
The awfulisers work away,
Awfulising public places,
Favourite things and little graces;
Awfulising lovely treasures,
Common joys and simple pleasures;
Awfulising far and near
The parts of life we held so dear:
Democratic, clean and lawful,
Awful, awful, awful, awful.

Bless you, Michael L.


Kim 02.20.12 at 9:31 pm

I was thinking of something along the lines of Monty Python’s “The Lumberjack Song”.


Richard 02.20.12 at 10:06 pm

How rude.


Pam 02.21.12 at 7:50 am



Richard 02.21.12 at 8:13 am

‘Awfulising’ is a fine word. I’ll have to start using that.


Pam 02.21.12 at 9:16 pm

Yes, I agree.

Here’s another magic Leunig moment:

The Bottle

I met a man perched on a bottle
With a woman deep inside,
Rising slowly up towards him,
Floating on the tears he cried.

Said he, “It’s only tears can save her,
Tears of sorrow, tears of pain.
I’m going to have to feel a lot,
Until I have her back again.”

All sniffling and snuffling,
He said, “It almost makes me laugh
To think that if you weep enough
A man can find his better half.


ali 07.27.15 at 3:40 pm

My dad has been struggling and striving in his mind to remember Now as I start upon my chosen way, dear from his boyscout times, it really meant a lot to him. He is 90, involved in scouting for many years in Derbyshire.

So thanks for posting, he will be very pleased, tho I’m glad I noticed your comment at the bottom before sending. . .
Best wishes


Richard Norman 11.25.15 at 3:30 pm

A shame and sad that you think it is so bad as I guess that is the meaning you are applying to awful rather than to be in awe. Great idea for you to write a better one - so why not? Well done Ali - and me too, like your dad! :-)


Jack Rist 01.26.16 at 2:46 pm

I am writing on my behalf and that of a friend Barry. We both joined scouting in the 1950’s me in Southgate North London and my friend in Beckenham South London. We both have very fond memories of this hymn. We sang it after every investiture of a new scout into the group and often at Church Parades. The modern scout may rightfully think it “Twee”. I plan to have it at my funeral I am searching for the music. Barry and I, it turns out joined our scout groups as Cubs and went right through to Rovers and both served in different ways as leaders. I am certain that Scouting proved more use to me in life than school education. The Scout association made a big mistake when they cut Rovers. Best wishes to all or any scout that has read this far.


Tony Gibbs 02.16.16 at 12:29 am

Hi Richard,

Why is it awful?

I’m struggling at work at the moment, and the words of the Scout Hymn are helping me, like a Psalm, to keep my focus on God.

God bless you.


Tony Gibbs 02.16.16 at 12:46 am

To Jack Rist,

I have just found out that The Scout Hymn can be sung to the tune of Abide With Me.

But there is another tune too that goes high. and it is here http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/ScoutHymn.pdf

God bless you.

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