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February 14th

Dresden 61 years ago today.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

Comments

Bridgford said…
Cicero - whilst Dresden was clearly a tragedy, it was the devastatingly siccessful culmination culmination of a strategy evolved over a number of years that received support not just from Harris, but also from Portal and Churchill. We ought, to be consistent, to mark July 27th (Hamburg), etc etc. Dresden was simply the one occasion when the RAF and USAAF got right all the things necessary to create a firestorm. The Americans managed it in a number of Japanese cities too.

(We can debate this in person some time soon!)

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