When the light of truth is fading,
and the torch of faith burns low ...
Here are the full lyrics to our illustrious school song, supplied by Eric Webster (JRGS 1962-67) and reviewed by Derek Falkner (JRGS 1954-61). In the original version, the second line of the last verse read "Let us brace both mind and sinew to the work we have to do;" the word "sinew" seems to have been changed at some time into "body."
The original words were written by Mr. Manning with the accompanying music by Mr. Hancock.
As the March 1948 JRGS school magazine reported: "The song is an exhortation; a call to shake off apathy, to capture the faith that inspired men like John Ruskin. Mr. Hancock's music is stirring and spirited, and fits the words admirably."
Philip Irwin (JRGS 1976-80) adds:
Before I clicked on this page about the school song, I tried to remember
all I could of the song, but the only part was the striking phrase "Let
us brace both mind and sinew to the work we have to do". I think it was
in an assembly at Ruskin that I first came across "sinew" - it must have
been explained to the students as they were learning to sing the song.
the light of truth is fading, and the torch of faith burns low,
The Flash file, kindly supplied by Colin
Wood (JRGS 1961-1968), should start to download automatically; there
might be a slight delay before you hear and see anything, particularly on
slower dial-up connections.