What's the song from Man Who Would Be King?

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  1. Dennis Nicholls

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    It's probably a well known patriotic song in the UK, but what's that theme song from The Man Who Would Be King? The music is played over the opening credits, and Connery sings it both before the avalance scene and during the march to the bridge scene.
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    Never mind, I answered my own question. Usually IMDB doesn't have this info:
    "The main theme of the movie is an old Irish air "The Moreen" to which Thomas Moore wrote the lyrics "The minstrel boy to the war is gone." However the words sung by Daniel and Peachie are from the Christian Hymn "The Son of God goes forth to war" by Reginald Heber."
    From a Reginald Heber fan site:
    The Son of God goes forth to war, a kingly crown to gain;
    His blood red banner streams afar: Who follows in His train?
    Who best can drink his cup of woe, triumphant over pain,
    Who patient bears his cross below, he follows in His train.
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    That martyr first, whose eagle eye could pierce beyond the grave;
    Who saw his Master in the sky, and called on Him to save.
    Like Him, with pardon on His tongue, in midst of mortal pain,
    He prayed for them that did the wrong: Who follows in His train?
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    A glorious band, the chosen few on whom the Spirit came;
    Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew, and mocked the cross and flame.
    They met the tyrant’s brandished steel, the lion’s gory mane;
    They bowed their heads the death to feel: Who follows in their train?
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    A noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid,
    Around the Savior’s throne rejoice, in robes of light arrayed.
    They climbed the steep ascent of heaven, through peril, toil and pain;
    O God, to us may grace be given, to follow in their train.
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