A beautiful choice for a funeral poem or eulogy, written by Major Malcolm Boyle shortly after taking part in the D-Day landings in 1944.


If I should never see the moon again

Rising red gold across the harvest field,

Or feel the stinging of soft April rain

As the brown earth her hidden treasures yield.


If I should never hear the thrushes wake

Long before the sunrise in the glittering dawn,

Or watch the huge Atlantic rollers break

Against the rugged cliffs in baffling scorn.


If I have said goodbye to stream and wood

To the wide ocean and green clad hill,

I know that he who made this world good

Has somewhere made a heaven better still.


This I bear witness with my last breath

Knowing the love of God

I fear not death.


Download Poem (PDF)

Not what you’re looking for? Browse more funeral hymns to find the right song for your loved one’s funeral