O hush, sweet birds, that linger in lonely song!
Hold in your evening fragrance, wet May--bloom!
In the shadow of a broken house,
Down a deserted street,
Propt walls, cold hearths, and phantom stairs,
And the silence of dead feet —
O my peace, O well
So deep no thought could sound it,
Whence arose thy spell
When in my heart I found it?
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
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 ...