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Dr. John McCrae (1872-1918)

In Flanders Fields


              1In Flanders fields the poppies blow
              2Between the crosses, row on row,
              3    That mark our place; and in the sky
              4    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
              5Scarce heard amid the guns below.

              6We are the Dead. Short days ago
              7We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
              8    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
              9        In Flanders fields.

            10Take up our quarrel with the foe:
            11To you from failing hands we throw
            12    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
            13    If ye break faith with us who die
            14We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
            15        In Flanders fields.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Lieut.-Col. John McCrae, M.D., In Flanders Fields and Other Poems, With An Essay in Character By Sir Andrew Macphail (Toronto: William Briggs; New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1919): 3. PS 8474 C715 1919 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1915
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/4

Composition date: 1915
Rhyme: aabbc aabd aabbad


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