他们不会变老

战士永远不老
战士永远不老

1918年的11月11日上午11时,盟军和德国,签订了第一次世界大战的停战协议。

11月11日是Remembrance Day。这一天,人们纪念阵亡战士,特别是第一次和第二次大战中牺牲的战士,还有今天仍在战场上的战士。

在第二次世界大战前,这个纪念日,叫做Armistice Day (停战协议纪念日)。二战后,这一天改称Remembrance Day。

11月11日上午11时11分,英国的各个机构、学校等,都会默哀两分钟。

在这两分钟的纪念仪式中,军号(bugle)会奏起庄严的葬礼号,叫The Last Post。

葬礼号之后,英国诗人Laurence Binyon 的名诗For the Fallen,常有人朗读。这首诗留下了四句隽永深长的话:

 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.

他们不会变老;

岁月没有留下沧桑的痕迹;

每当夕阳西下,朝阳升起,

我们都将纪念他们。 

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纪念他们

全诗如下:

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

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