Remembrance (Once crimson poppies bloomed) (website only)

Once crimson poppies bloomed
out in a foreign field,
each memory reminds
where brutal death was sealed.
The crimson petals flutter down,
still hatred forms a thorny crown.

For in this present time
we wait in vain for peace,
each generation cries,
each longing for release,
while war still plagues the human race
and families seek a hiding place.

How long will human life
suffer for human greed?
How long must race or pride,
wealth, nationhood or creed
be reasons justifying death
to suffocate a nation’s breath?

For everyone who dies
we share a quiet grief,
the pain of loss remains,
time rarely brings relief,
and so we will remember them
and heaven sound a loud amen.

Andrew Pratt (born 1948)

Words: Andrew Pratt (born 1948) © October 2012 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, www.stainer.co.uk.
Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.

Metre: 66.66.88

Suggested tunes: Andrew wrote “Once crimson poppies” with “Little Cornard” in mind (StF 172). A suitable alternative is “St Godric” (StF 620)

NOTE

For the period 2014–2018 all royalties received for use of this hymn will be donated to SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association) – the National Armed Forces Charity providing support for military families.

Copies may be made for local church use if you hold a current Church Copyright Licence and include the use on your returns to CCLI. Alternatively, you need, prior to use to send £12.00 (£10.00 + VAT) to Stainer & Bell Ltd. This fee will be accepted until 31.12.2018. The making of local church hymn/song books (unless covered by the terms of your Church Copyright Licence) and all wider and commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd. (23 Gruneisen Road, London N3 1DZ. p: 020 8343 3303020 8343 3303; e: post@stainer.co.uk website; www.stainer.co.uk)

Contact Andrew at andrewpratt@btconnect.com or visit his blog at hymnsandbooks.blogspot.com.

Also see Hymns and war – conflicting views.

[Updated 13 April 2014]

Categories: Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Little Cornard, Pratt, Andrew, Remembrance, Remembrance Sunday, St Godric.

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