by Gary Jacobson © October 2005
Whoís given the gift of life to another
As we play taps o'er our fallen brave
O'er a brother who went forth the world to save.
Live now in everlasting peace
With true glory that will never cease
At long last of lifeís vile torment free
Hear now taps sweet melody.
Patriotism fills my heart now melancholy
With a soldierís rhapsody
Who helped keep freedom free.
Before thee now, I bow, on bended knee
Majestic taps playing sweetly
O'er thy sacred heroes grave
Honoring thee, fallen in battle brave
Honoring he who went where angels fear to tread
Who shed sweet essence bubbling red
Thrust into a hell sweet and sour bled.
Hear now the bugle play soft and sweet
Sadly forlorn its martial beat
Taps now bestowing
Deep respect in hearts glowing
Mournful notes final honor showing
For a frail life torn wickedly asunder
Torn through warís mighty veil of thunder.
I hear your marching feet
In the honeyed melody bittersweet.
I feel your soul in air breathed free
You gave for your country.
In the bugle's solemn refrain, I see your smile
A smile that lightened your way o'er many a mile.
O, honor this patch of earth now by thee sweetened
Salute a brother sent to preserve freedomís trampled
Who gave his life for all to save
From the core of a goodly heart brave
Pay final tribute
To a man steadfast and strong, in duty resolute.
Remember his sweet memory
His life lived not for himself, but for thee
Wipe away now that lonely tear
Weep ye not over his tragic bier.
He's passed through gossamer wings of a veil sheer
Deployed to celestial courts on high
Where in repose sweet heroes lie...
Where God is nigh.
Death has no sting in victory...
Heís honored now by angels in gloried assembly
Warrior brothers forming an honor guard of glory
For from the eternities, he did not die!
Youíll join hearts and souls again, by and by
With the reunion of soldiers who finally know...
The answer to a soldiers eternal question, why?
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