The Soldier

From Rupert Brooke's War Sonnets set to music by Sue Casson.




V The Soldier


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 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;

Laughter, learnt of friends

In hearts at peace and gentleness,

Hearts at peace and gentleness,

Hearts at peace, under an English heaven


Recorded by the Phoenix Choir, Casterton School in December 2010, under the direction of David Chapman

Recording in Casterton 2