There are waters

From Rupert Brooke's War Sonnets, set to music by Sue Casson.

IV The Dead  and II Safety



There are waters

There are waters blown

There are waters

Blown by changing winds


There are waters

There are waters blown

Stormy waters

Blown by changing winds to laughter

And lit by the rich skies all day


There is safety

Shored in the dark tides of

A world at rest

War knows no power

We are secure and blest

Unshaken and free we shall stay


And after

Frost with a gesture

Stays the waves that dance

And wandering loveliness

He leaves a white, unbroken glory

A gathered radiance

A width

A shining peace

Under the tranquil night

"There is in each of us a sundial factor of our mentality.  We are inclined only to count the sunny hours.  Moreover after exhausting wars men tend to suffer a weariness of mind.  This lassitude can make them shrink away from facing the limitations of human nature.  It can produce a facile scepticism about their evil deeds.  New generations dislike reading the history of the gas chambers, and so the fact that men claiming to be civilized put millions to death in the gas chambers slip from history."




"If our unfortunate generation has proved one thing it has demonstrated that the barbarian is not behind us but always underneath us ready to rise up."




Most people approach the subject of War Crimes Trials fundamentally either as cynic or idealist. This is, I think, because in essence the case for or against trying war criminals depends on that controversial subject which has become succinctly known as human rights. Your cynic says, "Human Rights? There are none." Your idealist, however, takes the view that there are certain rights and freedoms not created by lawyers but to which mankind as such are heir and which cannot be alienated. The idea of fundamental Human Rights is one in which I firmly believe.