A current thread on "A Godless Society?" prompts me to post another, which is not irrelevant to Eastertide at a time when soldiers are dying in war. "O Valiant Hearts" is a popular Remembrance hymn, with powerful words and a memorable tune. But I remember a long-running debate between a branch of the RBL - who wanted it, in full, for Remembrance Sunday services - and a succession of clergy in the Legion Branch's parish church, who wanted to use it only if verse 5 was omitted. The objection was theological, and based on how the last line of that verse draws a parallel between the universal death-sacrifice of Christ and the deaths of soldiers - i.e. that the soldiers' "Calvaries" were comparable in kind to (though "lesser" in degree than) those of Christ. It would be interesting to have comments from ARRSErs on this - although for non-Christians and agnostics it's quite irrelevant, of course. Should verse 5 be retained or omitted? Here's the particular verse : Still stands his Cross from that dread hour to this, Like some bright star above the dark abyss; Still, through the veil, the Victor's pitying eyes Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries. And here's the entire hymn. O valiant hearts who to your glory came through dust of conflict and through battle flame; tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved, your memory hallowed in the land you loved. Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war as who had heard God's message from afar; all you had hoped for, all you had, you gave, to save mankind â yourselves you scorned to save. Splendid you passed, the great surrender made; into the light that nevermore shall fade; deep your contentment in that blest abode, who wait the last clear trumpet-call of God. Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still, rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill, while in the frailty of our human clay, Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self-same way. Still stands his Cross from that dread hour to this, like some bright star above the dark abyss; still, through the veil, the Victor's pitying eyes look down to bless our lesser Calvaries. These were his servants, in his steps they trod, following through death the martyred Son of God: Victor, he rose; victorious too shall rise they who have drunk his cup of sacrifice. O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead, whose cross has bought them and whose staff has led, in glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land commits her children to thy gracious hand.