Binyon Lines

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  1. Robert Laurence Binyon was born in Lancaster, the son of a clergyman, and educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, London where he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry.

    During the War he served with the Red Cross, visiting the Front in 1916. Binyon was already in his mid-forties when he wrote the poem For the Fallen in September 1914. It is the poem for which he will always be remembered as the four lines from the fourth stanza are read every year at Armistice services across Britain, and feature as an inscription for thousands of memorials. There would be another four years of fighting and more than two million Allied soldiers killed before For the Fallen took on its full meaning and impact. Although not a "Soldier Poet", Binyon is nevertheless remembered as a "War Poet".

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.