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For the brave of every race

For the brave of every race. George Wallace Briggs* (1875-1959). The author, who was rector of Loughborough, Leicestershire, wrote of this hymn: Written about 1920 for Loughborough College, which has students from all parts of the world. In its original form – still used in that form in the college and in many other places – it begins: ‘For the saints unknown to fame.’ It was in Songs of Praise (1931) that the other form began; and many people still prefer the original. (quoted in Kelynack, 1950, p. 401). The first lines were: For the saints unknown to fame,   All who served and fell on sleep, Heroes whose forgotten name   Rolling years have buried deep, Brotherhood and sisterhood...

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