Mudcat Café message #462757 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #34329   Message #462757
Posted By: Uncle Jaque
15-May-01 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: Music and Poems for a Funeral
Subject: Lyr Add: REQUIEM (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Our condolences, Morticia, on the loss of your Beloved David.

As it happens, I have been asked to conduct the music for a Family Friend's committal service in the mountains of NH this Sat. (05/19/01). One of his favorite poems was R.L. Stevenson's "Requiem" (below), which I have set to music for the occasion, and recently recorded.

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he long'd to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.


In the course of similar duty for a Reenactor Friend's Mother, I did "Homeward Bound" from an 1864 Sailor's Hymnal (Christian content) and a favorite of my Wife's family, "Crossing The Bar" by Alfred L. Tennyson. The poem is by his request always found at the very end of any collection of his works, and is his personal Requiem.
I have the score for it and have worked out guitar chords, but it is a challenging piece with irregular time (a friend identified it as an early form of "ragtime", although it plays like a slow air) and key shifts. Well done, it is very pretty. I think I recall posting it some time ago so run a search if interested.

I concur with previous suggestion for "Parting Glass"; I would use it if requested for a "religion free" service.

One I frequently play on the low "G" wooden flute in memoriam is "Going Home" and the old reliable as previously mentioned "Amazing Grace" to bring solemn closure to the event.
May whatever Light you are open to receive attend you and your Family through this season of dark passage, and bring you ultimate Peace.