Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries

By skepticlawyer

It seems impossible to find in any form other than the film’s credits, but this haunting sung version of A. E. Housman’s Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries (pinched, in large part, from Catullus) used as the main theme to The Dogs of War stays with you.

The singer is Gillian McPherson, who seems to have vanished from the earth. The words are as follows:

These, in the day when heaven was falling
The hour when earth’s foundations fled,?
Followed their mercenary calling,
And took their wages, and are dead.
Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth’s foundations stay;
What God abandoned,? these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay.

5 Comments

  1. Posted October 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Not working for me, weird. I think my computer is having iss-ewes.

    Have you heard any of the other workings of Housman poems? In particular Vaughan-Williams ‘On Wenlock Edge’? Superb music there.

  2. Posted October 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Works now. Nice.

  3. Posted October 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Which catullus? I can’t pick it off the top of my head.

  4. Posted October 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    One of my mostest, mostest favourite films. Along with Predator.

    Girlie fail. Sigh.

  5. gillian
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Hi I’m Gillian McPherson the singer of this song. I am alive and well and still singing . All the best. November 2013.

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