The Soldier

Rupert Brooke's War Sonnet V

Set to music by Sue Casson

If I should die, think only this of me:

That there's some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England. There shall be

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed:

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England's, breathing English air,

Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of home.

 

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

A pulse in the eternal mind no less

Gives somewhere back, the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

And laughter learnt of friends and gentleness,

In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

 

It might be presumptuous of lawyers who did not claim to be more than the cement of society to speculate or even dream of what we wish to see in place of the Nazi spirit, but I give you the faith of a lawyer some things are surely universal: tolerance, decency, kindliness.

 

When such qualities have been given the chance to flourish in the ground that you have cleared, a great step will have been taken. It will be a step towards the universal recognition that :

 

'sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

And laughter learnt of friends and gentleness,

In hearts at peace,'

 

Are not the prerogative of any one country. They are the inalienable heritage of mankind.

 

David Maxwell Fyfe's closing speech at Nuremberg

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Recorded by David Chilton at Essential Studios September 2014

 

Solo & narration      Robert Blackmore

Voices                       Lily Blackmore

                                  Sue Casson

 

Piano                        Sue Casson

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