The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

set to music by Sue Casson

It might be presumptuous of lawyers who did not claim to be more than the cement of society to speculate or even dream of what we wish to see in place of the Nazi spirit, but I give you the faith of a lawyer some things are surely universal: tolerance, decency, kindliness.

 

Solo:

There are waters blown by changing winds

 

When such qualities have been given the chance to flourish in the ground that you have cleared, a great step will have been taken.  It will be a step towards the universal recognition that:

 

'sights and sounds, dreams happy as her day,

And laughter learnt of friends, and gentleness,

In hearts at peace.’

 

Are not the prerogative of any one country.  They are the inalienable heritage of mankind.

 

Solo:

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there's some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England. There shall be

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

 

Choir:

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England's, breathing English air,

Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

 

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

And laughter, learnt of friends,

Laughter, learnt of friends;

In hearts at peace and gentleness,

Hearts at peace and gentleness,

Hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

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Dreams of Peace & Freedom

A song cycle by Sue Casson