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Blog Posted:2/25/2013 7:30:00 AM

                                   Per Ardua

(To those who gave their lives to England during the Battle of Britain and left such a shining example to us who follow, these lines are dedicated.)

They that have climbed the white mists of the morning;

They that have soared before the world’s awake,

To herald up their foeman to them, scorning

The thin dawn’s rest their weary folk might take;

 

Some that  have left other mouths to tell the story

Of high, blue battle,---quite young limbs that bled;

How they had thundered up the clouds to glory

Or fallen to an English field stained red;

 

Because my faltering feet would fail I find them

Laughing beside me, steadying the hand

That seeks their deadly courage---yet behind them

The cold light dies in that once brilliant land…

 

Do these, who help the quickened pulse run slowly,

Whose stern remembered image cools the brow---

Till the far dawn of Victory know only

Night’s darkness, and Valhalla’s silence now?

 

This would be the last poem John Magee would write before he crashed his spitfire into a British field at the age of 19.

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  1. Date: 2/25/2013 2:11:00 PM
    wow, another amazing poem from him. Not sure about what a spitfire is. Was he in one of those older wars? What year did he die?(and he is English then?)

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  1. Date: 2/25/2013 10:48:00 AM
    Such an awesome poem to come from such a young man. It is sad that his life was cut short. Hey Craig ~ is that you in the picture above? Hot Dog, young man! Goodness! Love and hugs, Catie :)

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    rogers Avatar james rogers Date: 2/25/2013 12:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Catie, yup, I was 40 something then.

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