O Valiant Hearts

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O Valiant Hearts

0 Valiant Hearts, who to your glory came

Through dust of conflict and through battle-flame,

Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,

Your memory hallowed in the Land you loved.

 

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank to war,

As who had heard God’s message from afar;

All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave

To save Mankind – yourselves you scorned to save.

 

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made,

Into the light that nevermore shall fade;

Deep your contentment in that blest abode,

Who wait the last clear trumpet-call of God.

 

Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still

Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,

While in the frailty of our human clay

Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self-same way.

 

Still stands his cross from that dread hour to this

Like some bright star above the dark abyss;

Still through the veil the victor’s pitying eyes

Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.

 

These were his servants, in his steps they trod,

Following through death the martyr’d Son of God:

Victor he rose; victorious too shall rise

They who have drunk his cup of sacrifice.

 

0 risen Lord, 0 shepherd of our dead,

Whose cross has bought them and whose staff has led-

In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land

Commits her children to thy gracious hand.

J.S. Arkwright (1872-1954)


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