|A father, husband, leader and friend. His Imperial Majesty's life exemplifies the finest |
qualities of a man among men. Just, yet forgiving, the Emperor's heart has always been full
of the milk of human kindness. He has constantly a willing ear and a generous hand in
alleviating the woes of the unfortunate, for he, himself, has experienced the pangs of grief
as well as the ecstacy of joy.
|Death Of Blatengeta Heruye In The United Kingdom|
Sep. 19, 1938
|The man, whose last rites we now perform and who now goes to his last resting place, is |
Blatengeta Heruye Wolde Selassie, a gentleman well-bred who stands among the foremost of
This illustrious son of Our beloved country employed his intelligence and energies for the
betterment of His country and was therefore selected for the high post of Minister of Foreign
Affairs in Our Government. The books he wrote, which portray his noble character, and, especially
those pertaining to history and theology, have made him renowned.
It is hardly necessary to say more of his intellectual attainments and how profoundly we feel about
the greatness of his character, about his dedication to a purposeful life, his selfless devotion to help
those in trouble, his respect for truth and justice and his burning patriotic zeal for his country -- all
of which touch Our heart deeply at this hour of his departure.
My loyal friend, Heruye! If Our words prove inadequate in extolling what you have done for your
country to the fullest of your ability on this mournful occasion, your deeds themselves will
certainly speak more convincingly.
Even though the storm of aggression that upset the tranquillity of the world brought you suffering
and a severe test of your moral endurance, you did not permit it ot overwhelm you. Now, however,
it has become your fate to obey the order of the great and merciful Lord, a lot that befalls each and
everyone of us in our turn. As it were, after you had accomplished what was within your bounds,
you have slept, but although you depart from us physically, your works and your name will always
remain among us.
Dear Heruye! As God the Almighty has permitted Us to lay to rest your bones, while your spirit
joins with those of your forefathers. We bid you goodbye in this hospitable land to which we came
|Haile Selassie the First - September 19, 1938|