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Posted By: Nigel Parsons
17-Sep-06 - 09:39 AM
Thread Name: 'Danny Boy' at Catholic funeral
Subject: RE: 'Danny Boy' at Catholic funeral
And now, returning you to the music!

Avoid upsetting the priest, ask for a hymn which uses the same air (from an earlier post by Joe)

From: Joe Offer - PM
Date: 29 Aug 98 - 02:48 PM

Well, that was easier to find than I expected. Westminster Abbey (click here) has a very interesting Web site, and they still have Princess Diana's funeral program posted. You'll find full information about the song you requested there, and I think you may be able to find some discussion about it if you enter a phrase from the song in our forum search (or, click here). I'll post the lyrics here for you, too.
-Joe Offer-

The prayers will conclude with the offering of a prayer for the congregation, after which the choristers will sing:

I would be true, for there are those that trust me.
I would be pure for there are those that care.
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer.
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all, the foe, the friendless.
I would be giving, and forget the gift.
I would be humble, for I know my weakness,
I would look up, laugh. love and live.

Air from County Derry in G - Petrie; The Ancient Music of Ireland (1853), commonly known as 'O Danny Boy'