Benediction II: Trafalgar (Ross Anderson Smith)
- Editor: Ross Anderson Smith (submitted 2020-03-15). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 11 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
First published: 2020
Description: This is a recitative for baritone, to be performed as the second part in the suite of Three Benedictions. The poem has also been used as a discussion starter in military veteran support groups.
Original text and translations
Horatio Nelson, I've heard them say,
Might have lived to another day,
Had he covered his medals and bowed his head,
A sniper would not have shot him dead.
But I say ye this, who care to heed
In each man's life there stands a need
To wave a flag, albeit his own;
And if in consequence he bleed and groan,
Then Honor reaps what Pride has sown.