For God, For Country, and for Yale

The slogan “For God, For Country, and for Yale” comes from the song Bright College Years which was written in 1881. The final verse of the song is “Where’er upon life’s sea we sail: “For God, for Country and for Yale!”

The Yale Glee Club, custodians of the Yale song tradition through publication of Songs of Yale, traditionally closes every concert with the alma mater. At the end of every football game the Yale Precision Marching Band performs the song while the senior members of the band sing along.

Banners with the slogan on them were made by the Chicago Pennant Company, seen above. A variation of the real phrase is seen below!

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