What traditional British naval songs are there appropriate for a funeral?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
"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."
- 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.