Benediction II: Trafalgar (Ross Anderson Smith)

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Editor: Ross Anderson Smith (submitted 2020-03-15).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 11 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Benediction II: Trafalgar
Composer: Ross Anderson Smith
Lyricist: Leon Ross Smithcreate page

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: B
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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.

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Original text and translations

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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.