With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
As a mother I can imagine nothing worse than sending my children to battle, knowing the chance was they would never return.
Whilst we are thinking about the dead, I would also like to point you to a very moving, but amazing post by an inspirational lady over at Brighton Mum Teenage Angst. Karen's beloved husband and partner died in October and this post is all about quality of death. She is so, so right, how can you have a quality of life without a quality of death. Please do you and read it, but have your hanky at the ready.
Me and the boys had no luck with paper poppies this year, they kept losing them, so I decided to make a couple of felt ones with them. They cut the felt out and then I sewed on a button and a broach fitting on the back, which made them much more secure. We still donated for more poppies too. I was also amazed at Maxi telling me why we did the 2 minutes silence on Thursday (both boys were home ill).