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30th March 1926 - 7th July 2014
On Thursday 18th June, 2015 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of writer and adventurer, Anthony Smith was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce delivered the bidding:-
We are here to honour the memory and to celebrate the life of a truly remarkable man. Anthony Smith was to the very last a fearless adventurer; a phenomenal writer; and a man of immense intellect, enthusiasm, and drive. As we remember him, and his extraordinary achievements today, we give thanks that the world was a richer place for his presence within it.
We begin with an opening prayer by the priest and poet, John Donne. Let us pray:
Bring us, O Lord, at our last awakening
Into the house and gate of heaven,
To enter into that gate and dwell in that house
Where shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light;
No noise nor silence, but one equal music;
No fears nor hopes, but one equal possession:
No ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity
In the habitations of your glory and dominion,
World without end.
Nicholas Watkinson read 2 Samuel 12: 15-23
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
Sandy Brownsmith read Grandpa's Diary - 3rd September 1939
Adam Smith read Extracts from 'High Street Africa' and 'The Free Life' by Anthony Smith
Mike Shaw read Extract from 'The Unrest-Cure' by Saki
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
We Wait For Thy Loving Kindness - McKie
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen from Deutsches Requiem- Brahms
Kyrie Eleison from The Missa Luba - Haazen
Up In A Balloon - Leybourne arr. Morley
We Plough The Fields And Scatter
Lord Of All Hopefulness
Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory