Archive for October 26th, 2011

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Heaven-Haven by Gerard Manley Hopkins

A nun takes the veil

I have desired to go
Where springs not fail,
To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail
And a few lilies blow.

And I have asked to be
Where no storms come,
Where the green swell is in the havens dumb,
And out of the swing of the sea.

From: http://www.bartleby.com/122/2.html

Date: 1865-1866

By: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

In Flanders’ Fields by John McCrae

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.

From: http://www.army.gov.au/traditions/documents/InFlandersField_1.htm

Date: 1915

By: John McCrae (1872-1918)