World in Union

John McConnel's Earth Day Flag cc. wikimedia commons

There’s a dream, I feel
So rare, so real
All the world in union
The world as one.
Gathering together
One mind, one heart
Every creed, every color
Once joined, never apart.

One of the most beautiful anthems to human unity begins with these words.  The anthem comes from Rugby Union.  Perhaps this shouldn’t be too surprising given the long association between sport and international friendship.

The lyrics of the World in Union were written by 1991 by Charlie Skarbek at the request of International Rugby Board.  The melody comes from Thaxted, part of the Jupiter theme of Gustav Holst’s The planets.

The song has been sung many times by many famous singers.  This rehearsal, by the group Women of the World, is one of the most beautiful.

Image:  The Earth Flag by John McConnell.  Designed in 1969 for the first Earth Day.  (photo – Wikimedia Commons)

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