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A poem by Cicely Fox-Smith (1882–1954), set to music by Sarah Morgan.

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Behind a trench in Flanders the sun was dropping low,
With clank, and creak and jingle I heard the gun-teams go;
And something seemed to 'mind me, a-dreaming as I lay,
Of my own old Hampshire village at the quiet end of day.

Brown thatch and gardens blooming with lily and with rose,
And the cool shining river so pleasant where she flows,
White fields of oats and barley, and the elderflower like foam,
And the sky all gold with sunset, and the horses going home.

Home, lad, home, all among the corn and clover
Home, lad, home when the time for work is over
Oh there's rest for horse and man when the longest day is done
And they go home together at setting of the sun

Oh Captain, Prince and Blossom, I see them all so plain,
With tasseled ear-caps nodding along the leafy lane,
Somewhere a bird is calling, and the swallow's flying low,
And the lads sitting sideways, and singing as they go.

Home, lad, home, all among the corn and clover
Home, lad, home when the time for work is over
Oh there's rest for horse and man when the longest day is done
And they go home together at setting of the sun

Well gone is many a lad now, and many a horse gone too,
Off all those lads and horses in those old fields I knew;
There's Dick that died at Cuinchy and Prince beside the guns
On that red road to glory, a mile or two from Mons

Dead lads and shadowy horses — I see them just the same,
I see them and I know them, and name them each by name,
Going down to shining waters when all the West's a-glow,
And the lads sitting sideways and singing as they go.

Home, lad, home . . . with the sunlight on their faces
Home, lad, home . . . to those quiet happy places
There's rest for horse and man when the hardest fight is done,
And they go home together at setting of the sun

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from The Men Who Marched Away: Songs of the Great War, released September 15, 2014
Chris Green - voice, mandocello, guitar, piano, bass, drums

Sophie Matthews - voice

Paul James - soprano saxophone

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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more

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