Weep for the Dead

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Brian Wren
Tune Name: MAYERTHORPE

Lyrics as Poetry

Weep for the dead.
Let tears and silence tell
of blood and battle, horror and renown.
The years diminish, but do not dispel
the pain of lives destroyed,
and life laid down.

Silent the dead.
Remembering, we stand
silent as they, for words cannot esteem
causes of war, the love of native land,
all that they were, and all
they might have been.

Raising our flag,
we stand with muffled drum,
judged by the colors of God’s love and loss,
recalling, as we pray, “Your Kingdom come,”
a purple robe, and blood
upon a cross.

Summoned by love
that leaves no room for pride,
we pray that every continent and isle,
wounded by war, war’s hate may lay aside,
and find a way to heal
and reconcile.

Weep for the dead,
from all the ills of earth.
Stand by the cross that bids all hatred cease.
March to the drums of dignity and worth.
Salute the King of Love,
the Prince of Peace.


Words by
Brian WrenCopyright © 1989 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Copyright © 1989 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Scripture References

  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • Isaiah 11:6-11

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Anzac Day (NZ)
  • Conflict
  • Death, Dying
  • Funeral
  • Grief
  • Memorial Service
  • Remembrance Day (Canada, Australia)
  • Remembrance Sunday (United Kingdom)
  • Veterans Day (U.S.)

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