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'For the Fallen' by Lawrence Biyon Options
hedy mmm
Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 9:40:40 PM

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Laurence Binyon's 'For the Fallen'

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Not great poetry perhaps, but written in 1914 when the number of casualties from the fighting in France was already becoming distressingly high, it struck a chord with servicemen and their family. Some, or all of it is recited at Remembrance Day services in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and at Commonwealth graveyards throughout the world. The stanza I have put in bold front is part of the British Remembrance Day service,

Thank you tunaafi for this, yes, great and beautiful poem...it merited it's own thread.


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Sarrriesfan
Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:20:11 AM

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Hedy mmm somehow slightly the wrong part has been highlighted in your transcription of the post Tunaafi made.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


This is the choir of Westminster Abbey reciting it in front of our Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of the British Remeberance services.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qOpnRAOxpLE

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tunaafi
Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:10:02 AM

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An epitaph:

When You Go Home
Tell Them Of Us
And Say
"For Your Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today


(I can't get the link to take. It's: http://seanlinnane.blogspot.cz/2013/05/for-your-tomorrow-we-gave-our-today.html)
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:54:24 AM

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson;


Home they brought her warrior dead:
She nor swoon'd nor utter'd cry:
All her maidens, watching, said,
"She must weep or she will die."

Then they praised him, soft and low,
Call'd him worthy to be loved,
Truest friend and noblest foe;
Yet she neither spoke nor moved.

Stole a maiden from her place,
Lightly to the warrior stepped,
Took the face-cloth from the face;
Yet she neither moved nor wept.

Rose a nurse of ninety years,
Set his child upon her knee—
Like summer tempest came her tears—
"Sweet my child, I live for thee."



Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 8:21:15 AM

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tunaafi wrote:
An epitaph:

When You Go Home
Tell Them Of Us
And Say
"For Your Tomorrow,
We Gave Our Today


(I can't get the link to take. It's: http://seanlinnane.blogspot.cz/2013/05/for-your-tomorrow-we-gave-our-today.html)


The Kohima epitaph, another one of the parts of the fabric of Remeberance for many Commonwealth countries.

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