Robert Laurence Binyon
Robert Laurence Binyon (10 August 1869 at Lancaster – 10 March 1943 at Reading, Berkshire) was an English poet, dramatist, and art scholar. His most famous work, For the Fallen, is well known for being used in Remembrance Sunday services.
Moved by the opening of the Great War and the already high number of casualties of the British Expeditionary Force, in 1914 Laurence Binyon wrote his For the Fallen, with its Ode of Remembrance, as he was visiting the cliffs of northern Cornwall (where a plaque commemorates it nowadays.) The piece was published by The Times newspaper in September, when public feeling was affected by the recent Battle of Marne.
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Robert Laurence Binyon Poems
For The Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea.
A Glimpse Of Time
In the shadow of a broken house, Down a deserted street, Propt walls, cold hearths, and phantom stairs, And the silence of dead feet —
A Secret Place
O my peace, O well So deep no thought could sound it, Whence arose thy spell When in my heart I found it?
It is early morning within this room; without, Dark and damp; without and within, stillness Waiting for day: not a sound but a listening air.
In The High Leaves Of A Walnut
In the high leaves of a walnut, On the very topmost boughs, A boy that climbed the branching bole His cradled limbs would house.
O you that facing the mirror darkly bright In the shadowed corner, loiter shyly fond, To ask of your own sad eyes a comfort slight,
A Hymn Of Love
O hush, sweet birds, that linger in lonely song! Hold in your evening fragrance, wet May--bloom!
A Vision Of Resurrection
The Genius of an hour that fading day Resigned to wide--haired Night's impending brow Stole me apart, I knew not where nor how,
On the road to Ypres, on the long road, Marching strong, We'll sing a song of Ypres, of her glory And her wrong.
Behold an endless evening over land That lapped in vast vales rises up afar Into the frozen mountains; evening brimmed
A new Idol
Magnificent the Beast! Look in the eyes Of the fell tiger towering on his prey, Beautiful in his power to pounce and slay
A Prayer Of Time
Move onward, Time, and bring us sooner free From this self--clouding turmoil where we ply On others' errands driven continually:
Pure--throated Flower, Smelling of Spring, Shaped beyond art's Imagining;
A Winter Song
Now December darkens Over Autumn dead. The frozen earth now hearkens For the last leaf to be shed.
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For The Fallen
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 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. ...