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.

In Flanders Fields and Other Poems, a 1919 John McCrae.

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Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

By Moina Michael,1918

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A Remembrance Poppy from 1919

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  1. Penny Axelrod

    Thanks for sending this. Bike riding in France with poppies all around, this is the poem – at least the first few lines, that kept bumping around in my brain. The entire poem is quite wonderful and worth reading in its entirety.

    Penny

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    On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 4:42 AM, Foodways Pilgrim wrote:

    > Kathleen M. Wall posted: ” 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 a” >

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