Rise Up O Flame

Rise Up O Flame

Rise Up O Flame is a great song to sing at any camp out as the fire is being lit.  It’s intended to be sung in an eight-part round, but we usually just cut it off once the fire was nice and roaring.  If it took too long, sometimes we’d sing it until we were sick of it or we’d usually cut it off and start it up again once the counselors broke to figure out why the dang fire wasn’t lighting! There was a superstition I was told about as a young scout that if you didn’t sing the song, you’d have problems lighting the fire. My “research” did not bear this out, but it’s a nice tale for the campers!

Rise up, O Flame by thy light glowing,
Show to us beauty, vision and joy.

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  1. Ha. At Seven Hills in Holland NY, we were told that singing this meant we’d never get the fire lit – it was a “banned” song!

  2. Ha, it was our good luck charm!

  3. Margaret Williams |

    I remember this from when I was a Girl Guide in Morecambe, Lancashire. We sang it softly as a contemplative verse at the end of campfire, and sometimes as a round in two or three parts, but that did get out of hand as we tried to stick to our own parts!
    I think our captain was disabled and used a wheel chair . . . . . .may have been called Miss Cooper. She was lots of fun and I enjoyed the meetings. I still have my badges somewhere.
    This was about seventy years ago !!

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