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Robert Laurence Binyon

Robert Laurence Binyon

Poet: Robert Laurence Binyon

Dates: 10 August 1869 – 10 March 1943

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: A Winter Song

Now December darkens
Over Autumn dead.
The frozen earth now hearkens
For the last leaf to be shed.
Above gray grass the branches bare
Melt, faint ghosts, in misty air,
Like despair.

O the nearer, deeper
In my heart, remembering
My Love’s kiss and how her eyes
Blessed me like enchanted skies,
Is the joy that with the spring
Shall waken Earth the sleeper.


Brief Biography: Binyon was a poet, dramatist and art scholar. His best known poem, For The Fallen, has been used in Remembrance services since the end of WW1.