On this Memorial Day Weekend 2023 Looking at In Flanders Fields and Other Poems by John McCrae, available over at Project Gutenberg.For those of you new to my blog, back in 2015, during the first year I began blogging here at AnchoredScraps it included my sharing the “In Flanders Fields” poem.
“‘In Flanders Fields‘
by John McCrae, May 3, 1915
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.”
Our blog journey here focuses on letter writing and encouraging us to put pen to paper. We can view here “a series of letters that John McCrae wrote to his mother from the Western Front. They date from the period that he also wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’ and they cast a light upon the circumstances under with the poem was written.”
It is wonderful seeing over at Project Gutenberg a public domain copy of the original available for downloading: January 1, 1919: “In Flanders Fields and Other Poems” by John McCrae, and Andrew Macphail”. In looking at it, it shares “[This text is taken from the New York edition of 1919.]”
In addition, we are able to view an image of the original with his handwriting.
Furthermore, I’m including this screenshot showing some of my previous posts here for Memorial Day, Poppies, and Flanders Fields.
I’m closing today’s post with revered silence.
With thanks & attribution:
AnchoredScraps, May 23, 2015 blog post, “In Flanders Fields”.
Image, File:In Flanders fields and other poems, handwritten.png (link above)
McCrae’s Letters to his Mother (link above)
You may also enjoy AnchoredScraps May 30, 2021, VFW Buddy Poppy Program Memorial Day 2021