Today, as the funerals continue, I think of the first time I heard the song Suo Gan, sung by a very young Christian Bale in Spielberg’s heart-rending 1987 film Empire of the Sun.
It’s an Old Welsh lullaby, always sung in Welsh and the translation of one verse goes like this:
To my lullaby surrender, Warm and tender is my breast
Mother’s arms with love caressing Lay their blessing on your rest
Nothing shall tonight alarm you, None shall harm you, have no fear
Lie contented, calmly slumber On your mother’s breast…
I won’t say more now but only offer for us all imperishable music, the lullaby itself, from the throats of these youth: