Remembrance

This hymn was written in 2009 by Charles Henrywood, as an ending item for a “Six Male Choirs and a Silver Band” fundraising concert in aid of a memorial to Service personnel from Neath Port Talbot, Wales,  who have died in the course of duty since 1946.

Copyright rests with him but, where use is as a part of an act of Remembrance or in aid of Service charities, permission to copy and use can be deemed to have been given.  The text is provided below by permission from Charles, and it is also available from David Roberts’ War Poetry site along with some further notes about its writing.

It is set to the tune FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius (1865–1957), which was first published in 1899.


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Examples

Instrumental - organ



Instrumental - guitar with backing



Instrumental version - contemporary piano arrangement



Lyrics

Grant peace, O Lord, across our strife-torn world,
Where war divides and greed and dogma drive.
Help us to learn the lessons from the past,
That all are human and all pay the price.
All life is dear and should be treated so;
Joined, not divided, is the way to go.

Protect, dear Lord, all who, on our behalf,
Now take the steps that place them in harm's way.
May they find courage for each task they face
By knowing they are in our thoughts always.
Then, duty done and missions at an end,
Return them safe to family and friends.

Grant rest, O Lord, to those no longer with us;
Who died protecting us and this their land.
Bring healing, Lord, to those who, through their service,
Bear conflict’s scars on body or in mind.
With those who mourn support and comfort share.
Give strength to those who for hurt loved-ones care.

And some there be who no memorial have;
Who perished are as though they’d never been.
For our tomorrows their today they gave,
And simply asked that in our hearts they'd live.
We heed their call and pledge ourselves again,
At dusk and dawn - we will remember them!

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