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Flanders' Fields

Poem: Flanders' Fields
Poem: John D. McCrae(1)

Music: various(2)
Year: 1915(2)
Genre: Poem set later to music
Country: Canada(3)

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still singing bravely, 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, the poppies grow
In Flanders' Fields.

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1 - John D. McCrae (1872 - 1918) was a medical doctor born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

2 - The poem was written on May 3, 1915, and put to song by in 1918 and later, by dozens of different people including (as per the following US Library of Congress copies of the sheet music), sometimes with the lyrics being mildly changed:
Alred Hiles Bergen 1818;
G.W. Parrish, 1919;
Daisy Fairchild Sherman, 1920;
Dolce Grossmayer, 1920; etcetera.

3 - As the poem was written by somebody born and who lived almost all of his life in Canada, it has been ascribed as from "Canada" though technically, there was no citizenship of Canada before 1946, and as part of the British Commonwealth, he was technically a "British subject".