Prayer of St.Ignatius Loyola
(this prayer is often attributed to St Ignatius, sometimes to St Francis Xavier and was featured in Queen Elizabeth's Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth 2003)

Teach us good Lord
To serve thee as thou deservest;
To give, and not to count the cost;
To fight, and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labour, and not to ask for any reward;
Save that of knowing that we do thy will.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.


The Soldier's prayer (WW1)

Dear Lord,
You know what I must do this day.
If I forget thee do not forget me.


'Killed in action' came the message, died our brother, good and kind
Leaving nothing but his memory for the loved ones left behind.
He sleeps not in his native land but 'neath a foreign sky,
Far from those who loved him best, in a hero's grave he lies.


Nameless his grave on a battlefield gory,
marked by a cross over a mound of brown earth;
Died in the pride of his youth and his glory,
far from his home and the land of his birth.

The Soldier (1914)
Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)
Original text: Rupert Brooke, "1914" Five Sonnets (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915).

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

The Soldier (1914)

There's a nice little biography of him here ...
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