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.]**
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.]
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.]
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)
Metre: 10.10.10.6. (or alleluia)
Suggested tunes: Andrew Pratt writes: “The tunes “Engelberg” (StF 731) or “Sine Nomine” (StF 745) are commended for this text. **When using “Sine Nomine” the alternative verse endings shown in square brackets should be sung.”
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