The ‘Ode of Remembrance’

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The ‘Ode of Remembrance’

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They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

Straight of limb, true of eyes, 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.

 

The “Ode of Remembrance” is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the Fallen”, which was first published in The Times in September 1914.

Laurence Binyon

For the Fallen has seven stanzas and was written by Binyon while sitting on the cliffs between Pentire Point and The Rumps in North Cornwall, UK.
The poem honoured the World War I British war dead of that time and in particular the British Expeditionary Force, which had by then already had high casualty rates on the developing Western Front. The poem was published when the Battle of the Marne was foremost in people’s minds.
Over time, the third and fourth stanzas of the poem (although often just the fourth) were claimed as a tribute to all casualties of war, regardless of state.

 

 


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