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For the Father


Saturday, November 09, 2013

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 not grow 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.
I am ashamed of myself I only know the one verse: They shall not grow 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.
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SUGARBABY60 11/18/2013 1:51PM

    Beautiful post Bev .

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/11/2013 12:43AM

    I think it matters little whether it is for the fallen or for the Father because many of those who fell were Fathers and those who were not would have liked the chance to be Fathers but that was not a pleasure awarded to them instead they died for our freedom ! Thank you Bev for another thoughtful post!

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SASSISPRING 11/10/2013 11:55PM

    You are correct Victoria, it's "For the Fallen" but I posted it after reading Cheri's blog and I think "father" stayed in my head. :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/10/2013 5:28PM

    nice is it called for "the father" or "for the fallen"?

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