Safety

 

From Rupert Brooke's War Sonnet II Safety

Adapted and set to music by Sue Casson

There is in each of us a sundial factor of our mentality.  We are inclined only to count the sunny hours.  Moreover after exhausting wars men tend to suffer a weariness of mind.  This lassitude can make them shrink away from facing the limitations of human nature.  It can produce a facile scepticism about their evil deeds.  New generations dislike reading the history of the gas chambers, and so the fact that men claiming to be civilized put millions to death in the gas chambers slip from history.

 

 

Most people approach the subject of War Crimes Trials fundamentally either as cynic or idealist. This is, I think, because in essence the case for or against trying war criminals depends on that controversial subject which has become succinctly known as human rights. Your cynic says, "Human Rights? There are none." Your idealist, however, takes the view that there are certain rights and freedoms not created by lawyers but to which mankind as such are heir and which cannot be alienated. The idea of fundamental Human Rights is one in which I firmly believe.

 

Choir:

We have found safety with all things undying,

The winds, and morning, tears of men and mirth,

The deep night, birds singing, and  clouds flying,

And sleep, and freedom, and the autumnal earth.

 

We have found safety,

We have found safety that's not for Time's throwing,

We have found safety,

Blest security,

'Who is so safe as we?'

 

If our unfortunate generation has proved one thing it has demonstrated that the barbarian is not behind us but always underneath us ready to rise up.

 

Deep night, morning, sleep and freedom

 

The stir of wonder, birds singing and tears of men and mirth,

We have found safety, and freedom, in the autumnal earth,

We have found safety, in winds, and clouds flying,

We have found safety with all things undying,

 

We have found safety that's not for Time's throwing

We have found safety, and blest security,

We have found safety, and freedom, in the autumnal earth

 

Deep night, morning, sleep and freedom

 

We have found safety with all things undying,

The winds, and morning, tears of men and mirth,

The deep night, birds singing, and clouds flying,

And sleep, and freedom, and the autumnal earth.

 

We have found safety,

We have found safety that's not for Time's throwing,

We have found safety,

Blest security,

'Who is so safe as we?'

'Who is so safe as we?'

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Dreams of Peace & Freedom

A song cycle by Sue Casson