Ever On Guard For Thee

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

3 May 1915

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5 thoughts on “Ever On Guard For Thee

    • He was a true patriot and though not a poet at the time (this was written on the battlefield), these words have come to be revered; not just in Canada but in many countries that are observing Remembrance Day today.
      Hope all is well and congratulations on your 2nd book and hugs back to you 🙂

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  1. Heart-breakingly beautiful, K.
    Thank you.
    Charles Hamilton Sorley, from Aberdeen, Scotland, died at Loos, Northern France, in 1915 aged 20.
    He wrote:
    When you see millions of the mouthless dead
    Across your dreams in pale battalions go,
    Say not soft things as other men have said,
    That you’ll remember. For you need not so.


    • This too, is heartbreakingly beautiful. Thank you B
      Your words were so true, that the saddest part of this day and the monuments we’ve built to commemorate them, is that – they have not ended.


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