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: Daniel "Danny" Dravot
Source: The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Notes: Character and Peachy Carnehan are captured by the angry natives in Kafiristan, and the former is forced to cross the rope bridge over the gorge. As one of the natives cuts one rope, he sings the third verse of "The Son of God Goes Forth to War", and Peachy joins him; but soon the rope is cut completely, causing the bridge to topple over and Danny to fall to his death. Distraught, Peachy finishes the verse for him: "Who follows in their train?"