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The Anxious Dead by John McCrae
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: May 05, 2003 07:48AM

Can someone post the words, or a link , please? It's by the same author as In Flanders Fields, but a lot less well known and I can't find it on the Net.

Thanks in anticipation.


Re: The Anxious Dead by John McCrae
Posted by: ilza (200.162.247.---)
Date: May 05, 2003 09:21AM

O guns, fall silent till the dead men hear
Above their heads the legions pressing on:
(These fought their fight in time of bitter fear,
And died not knowing how the day had gone.)

O flashing muzzles, pause, and let them see
The coming dawn that streaks the sky afar;
Then let your mighty chorus witness be
To them, and Caesar, that we still make war.

Tell them, O guns, that we have heard their call,
That we have sworn, and will not turn aside,
That we will onward till we win or fall,
That we will keep the faith for which they died.

Bid them be patient, and some day, anon,
They shall feel earth enwrapt in silence deep;
Shall greet, in wonderment, the quiet dawn,
And in content may turn them to their sleep.


Re: The Anxious Dead by John McCrae
Posted by: ilza (200.162.247.---)
Date: May 05, 2003 09:22AM

O guns, fall silent till the dead men hear
Above their heads the legions pressing on:
(These fought their fight in time of bitter fear,
And died not knowing how the day had gone.)

O flashing muzzles, pause, and let them see
The coming dawn that streaks the sky afar;
Then let your mighty chorus witness be
To them, and Caesar, that we still make war.

Tell them, O guns, that we have heard their call,
That we have sworn, and will not turn aside,
That we will onward till we win or fall,
That we will keep the faith for which they died.

Bid them be patient, and some day, anon,
They shall feel earth enwrapt in silence deep;
Shall greet, in wonderment, the quiet dawn,
And in content may turn them to their sleep.


Re: The Anxious Dead by John McCrae
Posted by: marian2 (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: May 06, 2003 08:18AM

Thanks, Ilza, you always come up trumps!!!


Re: The Anxious Dead by John McCrae
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: May 07, 2003 03:35PM

>That we will onward till we win or fall,

Of course, only the dead of one side are going to be happy with this.

pam


Re: The Anxious Dead by John McCrae
Posted by: kevin (---.metlife.com)
Date: May 09, 2003 03:25PM


Re: The Anxious Dead by John McCrae
Posted by: talia (---.plymouth.in.hypervine.net)
Date: May 09, 2003 05:13PM

I kind of remember reading this poem in a book called "The War Poets". I could be mistaken, but I remember the line "And died not knowing how the day had gone". The book consisted of poems written by several different poets about WWI, and of course, a kind of war that had never been seen before.




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