The Message of V E Day
Blare forth, Ye Victory trumpets!
Ring out Ye bells of joy!
War's drums no longer roll
The sound of battle cease
Mars, sheathing sword departs unsung
From the searching gaze of Peace.
Rejoice! Ye people of the Earth!
Salute the warriors brave!
Who saved this earth from bondage
In the air, on the land and ocean wave.
Ring loud and long, ye joyful bells!
Let happy music fill the shies!
Be glad ye liberated sons of Men,
A new world shall arise!
Give thanks to the Great Deliverer
Who led you all the weary way
Through trial and tribulation
To this glad and glorious day;
For this victory that is yours today
This living gold, purged of dross
This new won lease of Life renewed
Is the triumphant of the Cross.
This symbol that transcends all else
The faith that raised ye from the depths
Asks that only in Thankfulness
Ye follow ...in His steps.
On world-wide fields of battle,
In lonely waters deep
Countless numbers of your sons
Sleep ...the last long sleep
They are not dead, the Valiant Ones
They rest from labours nobly done
Peace softly crowns their Sacrifice
Your heritage ...their victory ...is won.
This clarion call they leave to all
To Ye and sons of men unborn,
`Rise from the ashes today
Tomorrow is a Golden Morn!'