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For The Fallen

Sunday, May 26, 2024. During this morning’s worship at The National Cathedral in Washington, DC, the choir sang a verse of Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For The Fallen.” In this poem the narrator honors the British soldiers who died in World War I.


The poem acknowledges the profound loss of the soldiers’ lives and emphasizes the selflessness of their patriotic devotion.


Dying for one’s country and the ideals of freedom, Laurence Binyon implies, is the ultimate act of patriotism.


The poem also gives tribute and thanks for the sacrifices made by their families. Binyon’s compelling words celebrates the sacrifices of the soldiers and the lifelong grief of families that went beyond ordinary limitations.


For The Fallen

Laurence Binyon, 1869-1943


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 battle

They were young,

Strength 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

daytime;

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 across the heavenly

plain,

As the stars that are starry in the time

of our darkness,

to the end, to the end, they remain.


With special thanks to Emma Baldwin for her analysis of For The Fallen


In Memoriam

S/Sgt. Leroy Burell January 19, 1922 October 10, 1944

Pvt. Thomas Earl Wyse 1895- November 11, 1947

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