In Flanders Fields - John McCrae

Following the horrific death of his young friend - Alexis Helmer - during the Second Battle of Ypres, Major John McCrae (a medical doctor from Guelph, Ontario) wrote "In Flanders Fields." 

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.

McCrae's poem was published in the British magazine, Punch, in December of 1915.  It was soon printed elsewhere, including the United States (then contemplating whether to join the war).

Media Credits

Video clip, featuring "In Flanders Fields" - as read by Anthony Davies - is from "The Great War Poems," copyright Blue Dot Music, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new listeners with the work.  Online, via worcesterjonny's channel at YouTube.


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