Words and music by
Hattie Rhue-Hatchett (1863-1958)
In all your merriment, in all your joys
Pray, don't forget about the soldier boys
And nurses, too, who gave their lives
In cruel war with all its horrid strife.
In foreign fields apart or in a row
There lies a soldier's lonely grave so low.
Tremendous cost wherever it may be
Keep that Sacred Spot in loving memory.
There's a Sacred Spot beyond the sea
There's a soldier's grave so dear to me.
Holy Father will you guard it well
O my love for him no tongue can tell.
Keep your vigil o'er it night and day
Guard that Sacred Spot so far away.
God of battles will you hear my plea
For that Sacred Spot beyond the sea.
The brave brave soldier on the ocean wide
Who did not shrink to stem the rolling tide
Who gave his life up on the sea
A target for the cruel enemy.
The gallant dead so fresh in mem'ry yet
Keep well in memory "Lest We Forget".
Of those who live and all of those who died
Upon the land or 'neath the raging tide.
There's a Sacred Spot beneath the wave
There's a soldier in his wat'ry grave.
Thou who rulest o'er the restless sea
Please guard that Sacred Spot so dear to me.
O kind Father, Thou canst guard it well
For Thou knowest where those relics dwell.
For my loved one this one prayer I crave
For that Sacred Spot beyond the wave.
The faithful solder at the soldier's camp
Who daily practiced with his tramp, tramp, tramp.
He have his life as a soldier true
From aircraft practice or the Spanish flu.
In many ways death claimed a soldier boy
Who often longed home comforts to enjoy.
Just count the cost wher'er those graves may be
And keep it well in loving memory.
There's a Sacred Spot at some lone camp
There's a soldier's grave so deep and damp.
Please dear Father, guard that lonely grave
Thou who gave They Son the world to save.
Keep your vigil o'er that dust forlorn
Till you wake it on the Judgment Morn.
On my aching heart this one prayer stamp
For that Sacred Spot at some lone camp.
O pray for peace thro' Christ the Prince of Peace
That nations all from cruel war may cease
That "Peace on earth, Goodwill toward Men"
May sound with power from the lips and from the pen.
That soldiers 'neath the Banner of the Cross
May herald peace counting worldly gain but dross
And may this peaceful banner be unfurled
Until the Cross of Christ shall sway the world.
There's a Sacred Spot beyond the sky
There's a place prepared for you and I.
There they do the will of God above
Where in Heaven all is peace and love.
May thy will, dear God, in earth be done
As it is in Heaven, where all are one.
Heavenly Father may each mortal try
For that Sacred Spot beyond the sky.
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