At the Abbey Gate, Op. 177 (Charles Villiers Stanford)
- (Posted 2017-08-08) CPDL #45771:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-08-08). Score information: A4, 13 pages, 177 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
First published: 1921
Description: This work, which was completed in November 1920, appears to be a tribute to the Unknown Warrior, who was buried in Westminster Abbey on November 11th, 1920.
Original text and translations
Stay - Who goes there?
What friend - Whence come you?
From a dark cave beneath a ruined street.
Oh friend, where fare you;
why wouldst thou pass further?
To lay my heart down at our Mother's feet.
Whom call you Mother?
England - Nelson's; thine;
Her whom we proudly serve in life, in death -
Her do I guard, friend -
Canst thou also serve her?
Aye, when they fail her who do yet draw breath.
Who art thou,friend, then?
I was - and am No One -
No name is ours - An unknown host are we.
Pass on, brave spirit.
Oh, 'tis Christ that passes
In thee, poor soldier, who didst die for me.