Friday, 11 November 2011

We will remember them.

Crocheted Poppy

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.


  1. I've never seen the whole of this poem before.  Like most people, I only know the part from the middle that is usually quoted.

    Very moving, thank you.

  2. Perfect post for a FO object Friday :) Thanks for sharing the poppy and the poem, especially today!

  3. karen ( bits and bobs )11 November 2011 at 13:31

    thanks for sharing , i worked for the British legion as a nurse years ago, the money from poppy sales really do make a difference. xx

  4. Beautiful poppy!
    Thanks for reposting the poem- lovely!

  5. Susand1408 Crochet Addict11 November 2011 at 15:53

    Perfect post for today and beautiful poppy!

  6. Thanks for sharing the poppy and the poem.

  7. Nice poppy and lovely post.

  8. Lovely poem!  and your poppy!  Stunning... way more polished than mine ;)


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