Scripture Verse

No one has greater love than to give up one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

Introduction

Words: Jones Ve­ry (1813–1880).

Music: Boyl­ston Lo­well Ma­son, The Choir, or Un­ion Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

Strew all their graves with flowers,
They for their country died;
And freely gave their lives for ours,
Their country’s hope and pride.

Bring flowers to deck each sod,
Where rests their sacred dust;
Though gone from earth, they live to God,
Their everlasting trust!

Fearless, in freedom’s cause
They suffered, toiled, and bled;
And died, obedient to her laws,
By truth and conscience led.

Oft as the year returns,
She o’er their graves shall weep;
And wreathe with flowers their funeral urns,
Their memory dear to keep.

Bring flowers of early spring
To deck each soldier’s grave,
And summer’s fragrant roses bring—
They died our land to save.