Reprinted with permission from
Dolls of Friendship, 2nd Edition,
copyright 1997, Sidney L. Gulick, 3d

Song of Friendship

The Song of Friendship, written by Miss Marion E. Grey especially for a greeting to the doll ambassadors, became familiar in 1928 to children in every part of the United States. The childlike spirit of the verses is admirably expressed in the music composed by Mr. John A. Rogers. At the reception to Ambassador and Madame Matsudaira in New York City, when the dolls were on view, a copy of this song, printed on parchment and exquisitely mounted, was presented to Madame Matsudaira by Master Rogers on behalf of the children of America.

Dear children of a gracious land,
Your messengers we greet,
And as we clasp each tiny hand
It is yourselves we meet.
For though our world is very wide
And we at home must be,
Goodwill and friendship need no tide
Or ship to cross the sea. 

And so, dear children, let us play.
We have not far to go
To see the friends we greet today
And are glad to know.
And when our time for playing flies,
And when our childhood ends,
May we, then grown so old and wise,
Be kind and thoughtful friends.

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