We shall keep the faith (John Brown)

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  • (Posted 2016-01-12)  CPDL #38152:     
Editor: John Brown (submitted 2016-01-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Work may be freely copied and performed, but please credit the composer. I'd be very happy to receive feedback on the work.

General Information

Title: We Shall Keep the Faith
Composer: John Brown
Lyricist: Moina Michael

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2015

Description: This is a setting of a poem which was written as a response to the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by Dr. John McCrae. It goes very well with the setting of that poem by Jacobson & Emerson. There is another poem called 'In Flanders Fields - An Answer' by Charles Burleigh Galbraith which have set using the same accompaniment as the Jacobson & Emerson setting. That can only be used for private purposes, but contact me if you would like to see it.

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Original text and translations

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Oh! You who sleep in Flanders fields,
sleep sweet, to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
and, holding high, we keep the faith
with all who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
that grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
that blood of heroes never dies,
but lends a luster to the red
of the flower that blooms above the dead
in Flanders fields.

And now the torch and poppy red
we wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We've learn’d the lessons that ye taught
in Flanders fields.