Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/Warhorsemovie/war-horse-stills/
Lord, be my vision, supreme in my heart
Mary E Byrne (1880-1931), Eleanor H Hull (1860-1935) © Chatto and Windus, Jubilate Hymns
At the risk of using War Horse stills to serve my own purposes, I have decided to run with the above image anyway to illustrate the words of the hymn. The alternative would have been to run with an image from the Crusades which would have been deeply offensive (quite rightly) to my Muslim friends.
This is just one verse from the above hymn that we sang at All Souls last Sunday:
Lord, be my breastplate, my sword for the fight:
Be my strong armour, for you are my might;
You are my shelter and you my high tower -
Raise me to heaven, O power of my power.
As I have already admitted, I am a sucker for military metaphors and stirring battle hymns. They are my guilty pleasure.
Finally, best of luck to War Horse in the BAFTAs today - you deserve every single award that you win! You should by rights have also been up for both Best Film and Best Director, but best not get me started on that one! Suffice to say, I don't think the right films have got through onto the shortlist for either the Best Film or the Best Director categories.