They Shall Not Age…

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Seventy years ago, Allied troops landed in Normandy, trying to recapture France from the Nazis. It was emotional watching real footage of the historic event and Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’ came to mind. I watched open-mouthed as those young soldiers fought bravely and died so we could be free. I wish history would not repeat itself… There shouldn’t be any more wars, or murders or shedding of innocent blood. How I wish the world is a paradise!

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With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of 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 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.

They mingle not with 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.

For The Fallen By Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

For The Fallen was first published in the Times on September 21 1914. Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) wrote it while working at the British Museum, and did not go to the western front until 1916, as a Red Cross orderly. The poem’s fourth verse is now used all over the world during services of remembrance, and is inscribed on countless war monuments.

NP: This was originally published by ‘The Guardian’ Friday 14 November 2008.

Have a peaceful weekend my friends!

Much love, always.

Seyi David.

29 comments on “They Shall Not Age…

  1. Al says:

    What a beautiful poem, and how you have laid out this post is perfect Seyi. I agree with you, there should be no more senseless death.

  2. Andy Oldham says:

    Thanks for sharing this poem!

  3. Kendra Turner says:

    Great tribute for D-Day!

  4. A fantastic tribute to the fallen, and sadly, the fallen is an euphemism because it’s still a daily occurrence today. I echo your dream of the world being a paradise!
    Christy Nelson.

  5. katwalk65 says:

    Love how you put this: Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’ came to mind. I watched open-mouthed as those young soldiers fought bravely and died so we could be free. I wish history would not repeat itself… There shouldn’t be any more wars, or murders or shedding of innocent blood. How I wish the world is a paradise!

    How interesting the nuance between wishing the world be or is a paradise v wish the world was a paradise… Pondering. peaceful human evolution as the light needs the dark so the light can never be extinguished…. Blessings

  6. APTblog says:

    Yes @ Seyi, great thanks of memorable for The Fallen for us to have enjoy peace and love. Yes the we have to ever remember them that zeal to dare all the unthinkable of today. And to of today who supped to have fallen but not we need to think of the kind memory we will like to live behind of our past to the future.

    I wish you a happy weekend of growing peace and love.

  7. A very nice post. As far as the no more wars, unfortunately there will always be evil and people who succumb to the evil nature that everyone has but most contain. These people who do give in and feed that evil beast within will always cause others to suffer for their own gain.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’re right my friend, I can only hope. It’s going to come to a head one day, the incessant wars and evil is beyond reasoning. Sometimes, when I think I’ve seen or heard it all, something fresh comes up that is more terrifying!

      Thanks for taking time to stop by, I appreciate it.
      Blessings

  8. Ste J says:

    That is a moving poem, the world really should get to learning these lessons and properly and fully understand the horrors of war…a wonderful and moving tribute.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks my friend, hopefully, we would come to a time when we would live in peace for all time, how that is possible, I have no idea!
      Glad to see you here!🙂

  9. A very moving post, Sandra. The tremendous courage and exploits of our fallen heroes cannot be over sung enough. Indeed, the onus lie on the whole world to prevent such evil again.

  10. Thanks for sharing this Sandra it is an amazing poem.

  11. gageier says:

    Danke dir für deinen Link wünsche dir einen schönen Abend und sei ganz lieb gegrüßt Klaus

  12. Sherri says:

    My middle boy was in Army Cadets for a few years and I remember this poem being read out at the Remembrance Day parades and church services attended afterwards. It always brought a tear to my eye as reading it here does now. Thank you for sharing it Seyi and reminding us not to forget…beautiful post.
    Bless you my dear friend and much love to you…❤

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for reading my friend. My husband loves the poem so much. Is your son still in the Army? They’re doing great jobs, those men! Thanks for the visit my dear Sherri!
      Much love and blessings to you too!🙂

      • Sherri says:

        A wonderful job indeed Seyi, and we are so thankful for those men.

        My son only did Army Cadets although he thought seriously about joining the military at one point. I was so proud of him though. He got to represent his outfit for Dorset at Bisley in a shooting competition and won a trophy.

        Much love for a great week ahead dear Seyi🙂

  13. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    AND WE WILL REMEMBER!!!

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