“They shall not grow old…” {Memorial Day}

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 shall remember them.

By: Laurence Binyon

6 Responses to “They shall not grow old…” {Memorial Day}

  1. Thom says:

    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 ..”
    “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

    • pjbottoms says:

      Thank you Thom. I appreciate your response! You have taught me a good lesson about fact-checking before posting or reposting someone else’s work. I actually found this version of the poem on another blog and posted it here. With poetry, especially, the placement of words is significant, and the only one who should edit a poem is the poem’s author. Your examples make that point clear.

      Best Wishes,


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  3. Johnb551 says:

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