Wednesday, 2 April 2014

WORLD WAR ONE - WW1 - SSAFA HYMN 2

A century passes, memories will fade



1                                   A century passes, memories will fade;
                                      war’s sun goes down, sharp pain is hid in shade.
                                      Yet still we pray for peace, as those men prayed;
                                      we will remember them. [we will remember, we will remember.]

2                                   Ten times ten thousand fell amid that rage.
                                      What is the gain we measure from that age,
                                      once reaped from carnage on that harrowed stage?
                                      We will remember them. [We will remember, we will remember.]

3                                   While some were buried, others have no grave,
                                      unmarked they fell, yet all, we say, were brave,
                                      and still we stand in thanks for all they gave:
                                      we will remember them. [we will remember, we will remember.]

4                                   Then let us work and move and strive for peace
                                      until the grace of God can bring release,
                                      and then all nations sing and never cease:
                                      Alleluia! [Alleluia! Alleluia!]

                                                Andrew Pratt (born 1948)


The tunes ENGELBERG or SINE NOMINE are commended for this text. When using SINE NOMINE the alternative verse endings shown in square brackets should be sung.

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