Shamik Das


Sunday, November 11, 2007

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

LEST WE FORGET: The Battle of the Somme.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

When you go home tell them of us and say -
For your tomorrow we gave our today.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the fourth stanza of "For The Fallen" - the one best known by many who attend ceremonies of remembrance around the world you have reproduced the words with a couple of errors;

Firstly, the first line of the stanza should read:
"They shall grow not old .."
not
"They shall not grow old ..."

Secondly in the second line you have repeated the all too common error of substituting "condemn" for the original word "contemn". Perhaps because so few people know the word 'contemn' it has over time , in the minds of many, been replaced with much more well known 'condemn' but it changes the meaning of the line significantly.

However, your initiative is commendable

06 October, 2008 13:32

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The issue raised by most is whether the last word of the second line should be ‘condemn’ or ‘contemn’. Contemn means to ‘despise or treat with disregard’, so both words fit the context.

Wether it one or the other the spirit of many will always bring the best out of all on ANZAC days.

18 October, 2008 01:31

 

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