Now, God be Thanked

From Sonnet I Peace

From Rupert Brooke's War Sonnets,

Set to music by Sue Casson

Now, God be thanked,

Who has matched us with His hour

And caught our youth, and wakened us,

Wakened us from sleeping

Now, God be thanked.

'We started the pruning of the defendants, witnesses and documents, Saturday, in open court. The other delegations have, strangely enough, left this detailed task to me and I spent the day until 4 o'clock bobbing up and down arguing with

German counsel. I thoroughly enjoyed it.'

Now, God be thanked,

Now, God be thanked,

Who has matched us with His hour

And caught our youth, and wakened us,

Wakened us from sleeping

Now, God be thanked,

Now, God be thanked.

 

Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary

Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move

And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary

To turn, as swimmers into clean-ness leaping

 

Now, God be thanked,

Who has matched us with His hour,

And wakened us from sleeping,

To turn as swimmers into clean-ness leaping

'I had my first bit of cross-examination today - Goering's witness, Field Marshal Kesselring. Everyone was frightfully nice about it. In my own view - after being unnecessarily het up about it, afraid I should not come off - I did rather

knock Hell out of a conceited German Marshal.'

'I think that my cross-examination of Goering went allright. Everyone was very pleased. Jackson had not only made no impression but actually built the fat boy up further.'

 

All quotations from David Maxwell Fyfe's letters to his wife Sylvia.

Now, God be thanked,

Now, God be thanked, who has matched us with His hour

With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power

 

As swimmers into clean-ness leaping,

Swimmers into clean-ness.

 

We who have known shame,

We have found release there

 

As swimmers into clean-ness,

As swimmers into clean-ness,

As swimmers into clean-ness,

Now, God be thanked.

Recorded by David Chilton at Essential Studios September 2014

 

Narration  Robert Blackmore

Voices       Lily Blackmore

                  Sue Casson

 

Piano        Sue Casson

'We have jumped into the preparation of the cross-examination with a bang. I have been reading transcripts and preparing notes every night. It is rather a good thing because it makes the change from your presence to absence easier when there is work.'

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Kesselring

Goering

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At St Peter's Church

Lutton Place Edinburgh

EdFringe 2014

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