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Object: Poster, "If ye break faith - we shall not sleep"

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Title Poster, "If ye break faith - we shall not sleep"
Production Nicolet, Frank Lucien (artist), 1918, Canada
National War-Savings Committee (publisher), 1918
Medium summary Colour lithograph on paper mounted on cardboard
Materials ink, paper, cardboard, animal glue
Classification political posters
Technique colour lithography
Dimensions Overall: 580mm (Height) x 873mm (Length)
Credit line Gift of Department of Defence, 1919
Registration number GH014067

The quote in this Canadian First World War poster is from the famous poem 'In Flanders Fields' by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) of the Canadian Army. All Allied forces in World War One made this poem their own. First published in 1915, the poem is recited on Remembrance Day in Canada.

'In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses row on row, / That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved and were loved, and now we lie / In Flanders fields. / Take up our quarrel with the foe: / To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to hold it high. / If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields.'

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