Robert Laurence Binyon
Robert Laurence Binyon Poems
- A Glimpse Of Time In the shadow of a broken house, Down a ...
- For The Fallen With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her ...
- A Secret Place O my peace, O well So deep no thought could ...
- A Woman O you that facing the mirror darkly bright In the ...
- A Hymn Of Love O hush, sweet birds, that linger in lonely ...
- A Vision Of Resurrection The Genius of an hour that fading ...
- Winter Sunrise It is early morning within this room; ...
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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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 —
Locked wildly in one another's arms
I saw two lovers meet.
And over that hearthless house aghast
Rose from the mind's abyss
Lost stars and ruined, peering moons,
Worlds overshadowing this, —
Time's stony palace crumbled down
Before that instant kiss.