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For The Fallen

For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon

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 condemn.
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.

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For loveberlinxo who commented on the 4th verse which I posted on here earlier.

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( 5 humble opinions — Your humble opinion? )
loveberlinxo
Nov. 11th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
I know I've already told you on MSN, but thank you!
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 11th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
No problem. It's one of those things I should always have a link to so I can drag it out at certain relevant points.
notoriousreign
Nov. 11th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Amazing how you can say so much in one small icon.
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ladyofsalzburg
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
And me, but for some reason the picture of the Queen laying the wreath at the Cenotaph on Sunday really gets me.
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