Kevin M. Welsh

HYMN FOR A FALLEN HERO

Kevin M. Welsh: Hymn For A Fallen HeroDid you care when I sailed away to war?
Did you care?
Did you care when I sailed away to war?
Did you care?
For I was bound to leave you…
And my home to see no more.
Did you care when I sailed away to war?
Did you care?

Did you fear when the battle raged on high?
Did you fear?
Did you fear when the battle raged on high?
Did you fear?
For I was bound to leave you…
And lay down my life to die.
Did you fear when the battle raged on high?
Did you fear?

Did you dread when they saw my body fall?
Did you dread?
Did you dread when they saw my body fall?
Did you dread?
For I was bound to leave you…
When I answered to God’s call.
Did you dread when they saw my body fall?
Did you dread?

Did you weep as my life blood ebbed away?
Did you weep?
Did you weep as my life blood ebbed away?
Did you weep?
For I was bound to leave you…
On that fateful blood spilt day.
Did you weep as my life blood ebbed away?
Did you weep?

Did you grieve when they laid me in a grave?
Did you grieve?
Did you grieve when they laid me in a grave?
Did you grieve?
For I was bound to give up my life…
So that others I might save.
Did you grieve when they laid me in a grave?
Did you grieve?

Did you think of me when others returned home?
Think of me.
Did you think of me when others returned home?
Think of me.
For I was bound to leave you…
And no more with you to roam.
Did you think of me when others returned home?
Think of me.
No more will I walk my nation’s land…
No more to walk.
No more will I walk my nation’s land…
No more to walk.
No more to walk… nor in my country’s
Fields and woods to stand.
No more will I walk my nation’s land…
No more to walk.

Will you remember to tell them all about me?
Remember me.
Will you remember to tell them all about me?
Remember me.
For I’m imprisoned in a distant grave…
So that people can be free.
Will you remember to tell them all about me?
Remember me.

Will you be with me when the final battle’s done?
Be with me.
Will you be with me when the final battle’s done?
Be with me.
When we all can be together…
At the end when the Peace is won.
Will you be with me when the final battle’s done?
Be with me.

PLEASE… REMEMBER ME

Footnote: This poem is dedicated to the memory of a friend of mine, Chris Lovett, who was killed in action in the Falklands War in 1982. However, it can be applied to any of the wars and conflicts that have concerned our nation.

The poem has a simple construction so that it can reach out to everyone, especially the young; on whom we depend to pass on the legacy of the sacrifice of our armed forces. The repetitions in the poem are intended to echo the deep reflections so poignantly experienced by all of us who are adversely affected by war.