The narrator pledges to donate 50% of his proceeds to The Royal British Legion Poppy Day Appeal - please support. This World War I poem by Henry Newbolt exhorts the British people to face the onset of war with the belief that God will defend their efforts in a righteous cause, exhorting the nation to “Pray that God defend the Right”. The Vigil was published in 1914, in “Poems of the Great War”, the net profits of which were donated to the Prince of Wales’ Fund.
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Pray that God defend the Right
True British spirit
The classic war poems cannot be compared to other audiobooks and to hear them narrated by the wonderful true British voice of Phillip J. Mather is a real pleasure.
The last verse sums up wonderfully how the English think of their country, and how at the beginning of WW1 people believed England was God's chosen country.
"So shalt thou when morning comes
Rise to conquer or to fall,
Joyful hear the rolling drums,
Joyful tear the trumpets call,
Then let Memory tell thy heart:
"England! what thou wert, thou art!"
Gird thee with thine ancient might,
Forth! and God defend the Right! "
Being a poem it was very enjoyable to listen to in one sitting, indeed I shall enjoy this wonderful rendition of it for many years.
I suppose the classic British war poems hold a special place in my heart, being British.
- Susan Keefe