What traditional British naval songs are there appropriate for a funeral?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "Eternal Father, Strong to Save": The Navy Hymn

    The song known to United States Navy men and women as the "Navy Hymn," is a musical benediction that long has had a special appeal to seafaring men, particularly in the American Navy and the Royal Navies of the British Commonwealth and which, in more recent years, has become a part of French naval tradition.

    The original words were written as a hymn by a schoolmaster and clergyman of the Church of England, the Rev. William Whiting. Rev. Whiting (1825-1878) resided on the English coast near the sea and had once survived a furious storm in the Mediterranean. His experiences inspired him to pen the ode, "Eternal Father, Strong to Save." In the following year, 1861, the words were adapted to music by another English clergyman, the Rev. John B. Dykes (1823-1876) , who had originally written the music as "Melita" (ancient name for the Mediterranean island of Malta). Rev. Dykes' name may be recognized as that of the composer given credit for the music to many other well-known hymns, including "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Lead, Kindly Light," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," and "Nearer, My God to Thee."

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  • 1 decade ago

    "Soldiers of the Queen" by Leslie Stuart:

    Britain's always loyally declaimed

    About the way we rule the waves

    Every Briton's song is just the same

    When singing of her soldiers brave

    All the world that's heard it

    Wonders why we sing

    Some have learned the reason why

    We're not forgetting it

    We're not letting it

    Fade away or gradually die (2)

    So when we say that England's master

    Remember who has made it so

    It's the soldiers of the queen, my lad

    Who've seen, my lad, who've been my lad

    In the fight for England's glory lad

    Of its worldwide glory let us sing

    And when we say we've always won

    And when they ask us how it's done

    We'll proudly point to every one

    Of England's soldiers of the queen.

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