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    Hi, could someone please tell me what this means:

    The Fields of Flanders

    'The god of battles shall judge the foe
    Who trampled our country and laid her low....
    God! hold our hands on the reckoning day,
    Lest all we owe them we should repay.'

    Edith Nesbitt

    I was looking at a past paper and it said less successful candidates failed to look closely at the last line and its meaning. I don't really understand what Nesbitt is trying to say :hmmmm: could someone please help thankyou

    When I did this past paper I think I wrote something about it suggesting that both sides were as guilty as each other and linking it to some stuff of Sassoon's...

    I don't do this option, but I think "lest all we owe them we should repay" (which I assume is the line with which you're wanting help) is more easily understandable if you rearrange it as "lest we should [have to] repay them all we owe owe [them]" - "them" (I would imagine, but obviously depends on the rest of the poem) being the soldiers who fought for "us" in the war, so we owe them so much (for fighting and saving our country and everything) that we really wouldn't like to have to repay it. Does that help at all?
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