Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Lest We Forget

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

LEST WE FORGET (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Holly Boyd Célébrations

1- 8 1s+2s dance the "Poppy":
 1-2 1s+2s dance in (1 bar), pull back RSh and dance out to place (1 bar)
 3-6 1s+2s chase 2 place clockwise curving into place
 7-8 2s+1s dance ½ RH across back to original places
9-16 1s+2s set, 1s cast and 2s dance up to top; 1s+3s dance LH across
17-24 2s+1s+3s dance 3 couple Knot. 312
25-32 3s+1s+2s chase ½ round anticlockwise; all pass partner LSh to own side and all set. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

Dance Information

"Lest we forget" is a phrase commonly used in war remembrance services and commemorative occasions in English speaking countries.

Before the term was used in reference to soldiers and war, it was first used in an 1897 Christian poem written by Rudyard Kipling called Recessional.

The phrase occurs eight times; and is repeated at the end of the first four stanzas in order to add particular emphasis regarding the dangers of failing to remember.

God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine-
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget-lest we forget!

Recessional Poem - Information Video

Lest we forget - memorial
Memorial, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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