SEMPER PARATUS

Captain Francis S. Boskerck, USCG

This is a complete set of lyrics for Semper Paratus, the Coast Guard Marching Song.

1st Verse

From Aztec Shore to Arctic Zone

To Europe and Far East,

The Flag is carried by our ships,

In times of war and peace;

And never have we struck it yet

In spite of foeman's might.

Who cheered our crews and cheered again

For Showing how to fight.

Chorus

So here's the Coast Guard marching song,

We sing on land and sea.

Through surf and storm and howling gale,

High shall our purpose be.

"Semper Paratus" is our guide,

Our fame and glory too.

To fight to save or fight and die,

Aye! Coast Guard we are for you.

2nd Verse

Surveyor and Narcissus,

The Eagle and Dispatch,

The Hudson and the Tampa.

The names are hard to match;

From Barrow's shorfe to Paraguay,

Great Lakes or ocean's wave,

The Coast Guard fought through storm and winds

To punish or to save.

3rd Verse

Aye, we've been "Always Ready"

To do, to fight, or die

Write glory to the shield we wear,

In letters to the sky.

To sink the foe or save the maimed,

Our mission and our pride,

We'll carry on 'til Kingdom come,

Ideals for which we've died.

 

 

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