Hymn for Memorial Day

Here’s a musical setting for the classic poem “In Flander’s Fields” by John MaCrae, which lyrics are below.

According to the site:

Paul Fussell writes in The Great War and Modern Memory, ‘Each image accurately triggers off its expected emotional response:  We have the red flowers of traditional pastoral elegy — which go back to Milton (and beyond); the crosses which suggest the idea of Calvary and sacrifice; the sky as seen from a trench; the larks singing in the midst of the horrors and terrors of man’s greatest folly; the constrast between the song of the larks and the voice of the guns; the special significance of dawn and sunset with the anticpated echoses of Gray’s Elegy; the conception of soldiers as lovers; and the antithesis drawn between beds and graves.”

Let’s not forget also that “greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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