For the Brave of Every Race   2 comments

Above:  Dedication of All Saints’ Chapel, St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, October 31, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Pilgrim Hymnal (1958), of the United Church of Christ

Words (1920) by George W. Briggs (1875-1959), a priest of The Church of England

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1.  For the brave of every race,

All who served and fell on sleep,

Whose forgotten resting place

Rolling years have buried deep,

Brotherhood and sisterhood

Of earth’s age-long chivalry,

Source and giver of all good,

Lord, we praise, we worship thee.

2.  Prince and peasant, bond and free,

Warriors wielding freedom’s sword,

Bold adventurers on the sea,

Faithful stewards of the word,

Toilers in the mine and mill,

Toilers at the furnace blaze,

Long forgotten, living still,

All thy servants tell thy praise.

3.  Valiantly o’er sea and land

Trod they the untrodden way,

True and faithful to command,

Swift and fearless to obey;

Strong in heart and hand and brain,

Strong, yet batting for the weak,

Recked they not of their own gain,

Their own safety scorned to seek.

4.  Evermore their life abides

Who have lived t do thy will;

High above the restless tides

Stands their city on the hill;

Lord and light of every age,

By thy same sure counsel led,

Heirs of their great heritage,

In their footsteps we will trod.

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