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Funeral Poems For Soldiers: "A Soldier - His Prayer"







Stay with me, God. The night is dark.

The night is cold: my little spark

Of courage dies. The night is long;

Be with me, God, and make me strong.


I love a game, I love a fight.

I hate the dark; I love the light.

I love my child; I love my wife.

I am no coward. I love life.


Life with its change of mood and shade.

I want to live. I’m not afraid.

But me and mine are hard to part;

Oh, unknown God, lift up my heart.


You stilled the waters at Dunkirk

And saved your servants. All your work

Is wonderful, dear God. You strode

Before us down that dreadful road.


We were alone, and hope had fled;

We loved our country and our dead,

And could not shame them; so we stayed

The course, and were not much afraid.


Dear God! that nightmare road! And then

That sea! We got there - we were men.

My eyes were blind, my feet were torn,

My soul sang like a bird at dawn!


I knew that death is but a door.

I knew what we were fighting for;

Peace for the kids, our brothers freed,

A kinder world, a cleaner breed.


I’m but the son my mother bore,

A simple man, and nothing more.

But -  God of strength and gentleness

Be pleased to make me nothing less.


Help me, O God, when death is near

To mock the haggard face of fear,

That when I fall – if fall I must –

My soul may triumph in the dust.



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