Now God  be Thanked

 

From Rupert Brooke's War Sonnet I Peace

set to music by Sue Casson

Sylvia:

Darling, this is from the plane just to say I am thinking of you and all we have done.... I can now picture your life and surroundings which make them seem less remote and we are on the last lap.  I hope and pray it will not be too arduous for you but I am now completely satisfied that you are making history in a real way.

 

Maxwell-Fyfe:

We have jumped into the preparation of the cross-examination with a bang.  

 

I have been reading transcripts and preparing notes every night.  

 

It is rather a good thing because it makes the change from your presence to absence easier when there is work.

 

Solo:

Now, God be thanked

Who has matched us with His hour

And caught our youth, and wakened us,

Wakened us from sleeping,

 

Choir:

Now, God be thanked

 

We started the pruning of the defendant's witnesses and documents, Saturday, in open court. The other delegations have, strangely enough, left this detailed task to me and I spent the day until 4 o'clock bobbing up and down arguing with German counsel.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Solo:

Now God be thanked

 

Choir:

Now, God be thanked

Who has matched us with His hour

And caught our youth, and wakened us

Wakened us from sleeping.

 

Solo:

Now, God be thanked

 

Choir:

Now, God be thanked

 

Solo:

Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,

Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,

And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,

To turn,

As swimmers into cleanness leaping

 

Choir:

Now, God be thanked

 

Solo:

Who has matched us with His hour,

And wakened us from sleeping,

 

Choir:

To turn as swimmers into cleanness leaping

 

I had my first bit of cross-examination to-day – Goering’s witness, Field Marshal Kesselring. Everyone was frightfully nice about it.  In my own view - after being unnecessarily het up about it, afraid I should not come off - I did rather knock Hell out of a conceited German Marshal.

 

Choir:

Now, God be thanked,

 

Solo:

Now, God be thanked,

Who has matched us with His hour,

With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power

 

 

Choir:

As swimmers into cleanness leaping

 

Solo:

We who have known shame, we have found release there,

As swimmers into cleanness,

 

Choir:

As swimmers into cleanness,

As swimmers into cleanness,

As swimmers into cleanness,

Now, God be thanked.

 

I think that my cross-examination of Goering went all right.  Everyone was very pleased.  Jackson had not only made no impression but actually built the fat boy up further.  

GetAttachment (3)

Dreams of Peace & Freedom

A song cycle by Sue Casson