They went with songs to the battle,they were young
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch until 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 shall 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 day-time;
They sleep beyond Englands foam.
Ode of Remembrance (Act of Remembrance in Canada)
taken from a poem by Laurence Binyon titled:
For the Fallen, published in 1914.
The original poem had more verses, but these are the ones that are known as the Ode of Remembrance. With the middle stanza being read at memorial services in Australia with the words Lest We Forget added as a last line.
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