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In Flanders Fields

 

"In Flanders Fields" was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae M.D. during his time working at a Dressing Station set in the bank of the Ypres Canal throughout the Second Battle of Ypres 1915. The poem first appeared anonymously in Punch on 8th December 1915. Later in the war he was in charge of No.3 General Hospital, Boulogne. Unfortunately he succumbed to Pneumonia on 28th January 1918 aged 45 years and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery north of Boulogne, France.

 

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.

John McCrae

 

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