Alfred Edward Housman
Be Still, My Soul, Be Still by Alfred Edward Housman

Be Still, My Soul, Be Still by Alfred Edward Housman

Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle, Earth and high heaven are fixt of old and founded strong. Think rather,-- call to thought, if now you grieve a little, ...

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To An Athlete Dying Young by Alfred Edward Housman

To An Athlete Dying Young by Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the raceWe chaired you through the market-place; Man and boy stood cheering by, And home we brought you shoulder-high. To-day, the road all runners ...

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Here Dead We Lie by Alfred Edward Housman

Here Dead We Lie by Alfred Edward Housman

Here dead we lie Because we did not choose To live and shame the land From which we sprung. Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, And we were ...

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Xxviii: Now Dreary Dawns The Eastern Light by Alfred Edward Housman

Xxviii: Now Dreary Dawns The Eastern Light by Alfred Edward Housman

ow dreary dawns the eastern light, And fall of eve is drear, And cold the poor man lies at night, And so goes out the year. Little is the luck I've had, And oh, 'tis ...

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Is My Team Ploughing by Alfred Edward Housman

Is My Team Ploughing by Alfred Edward Housman

"Is my team ploughing, That I was used to drive And hear the harness jingle When I was man alive?" Ay, the horses trample, The harness jingles now; No change though you lie under ...

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The Carpenter’s Son by Alfred Edward Housman

The Carpenter’s Son by Alfred Edward Housman

"Here the hangman stops his cart: Now the best of friends must part. Fare you well, for ill fare I: Live, lads, and I will die. "Oh, at home had I but stayed 'Prenticed to my ...

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Diffugere Nives by Alfred Edward Housman

Diffugere Nives by Alfred Edward Housman

Horace, Odes, iv, 7The snows are fled away, leaves on the shawsAnd grasses in the mead renew their birth,The river to the river-bed withdraws,And altered is the fashion of the ...

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Farewell To Barn And Stack And Tree by Alfred Edward Housman

Farewell To Barn And Stack And Tree by Alfred Edward Housman

"Farewell to barn and stack and tree, Farewell to Severn shore. Terence, look your last at me, For I come home no more. "The sun burns on the half-mown hill, By now the blood is ...

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From Far, From Eve And Morning by Alfred Edward Housman

From Far, From Eve And Morning by Alfred Edward Housman

From far, from eve and morning And yon twelve-winded sky, The stuff of life to knit me Blew hither: here am I. Now-- for a breath I tarry Nor yet disperse apart-- Take my hand ...

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Could Man Be Drunk Forever by Alfred Edward Housman

Could Man Be Drunk Forever by Alfred Edward Housman

Could man be drunk for ever With liquor, love, or fights, Lief should I rouse at morning And lief lie down of nights. But men at whiles are sober And think by fits and starts, And ...

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Into My Heart An Air That Kills by Alfred Edward Housman

Into My Heart An Air That Kills by Alfred Edward Housman

Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it ...

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Eight O’Clock by Alfred Edward Housman

Eight O’Clock by Alfred Edward Housman

He stood, and heard the steeple Sprinkle the quarters on the morning town. One, two, three, four, to market-place and people It tossed them down. Strapped, noosed, nighing his ...

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Along The Field As We Came By by Alfred Edward Housman

Along The Field As We Came By by Alfred Edward Housman

ALONG the field as we came by A year ago, my love and I, The aspen over stile and stone Was talking to itself alone. ‘Oh who are these that kiss and pass?A country lover ...

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When I Was One-And-Twenty by Alfred Edward Housman

When I Was One-And-Twenty by Alfred Edward Housman

When I was one-and-twentyI heard a wise man say,"Give crowns and pounds and guineasBut not your heart away;Give pearls away and rubiesBut keep your fancy free."But I was ...

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Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now by Alfred Edward Housman

Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now by Alfred Edward Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry nowIs hung with bloom along the bough,And stands about the woodland rideWearing white for Eastertide.Now, of my threescore years and ten,Twenty will ...

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Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff by Alfred Edward Housman

Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff by Alfred Edward Housman

"Terence, this is stupid stuff! You eat your victuals fast enough; There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer. But oh, good Lord, the verse you ...

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Ho, Everyone That Thirsteth by Alfred Edward Housman

Ho, Everyone That Thirsteth by Alfred Edward Housman

Ho, everyone that thirstethAnd hath the price to give,Come to the stolen waters,Drink and your soul shall live.Come to the stolen waters,And leap the guarded pale,And pull the ...

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The Chestnut Casts His Flambeaux by Alfred Edward Housman

The Chestnut Casts His Flambeaux by Alfred Edward Housman

The chestnut casts his flambeaux, and the flowers Stream from the hawthorn on the wind away, The doors clap to, the pane is blind with showers. Pass me the can, lad; there's an ...

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The Laws Of God, The Laws Of Man by Alfred Edward Housman

The Laws Of God, The Laws Of Man by Alfred Edward Housman

The laws of God, the laws of man,He may keep that will and can;Not I: let God and man decreeLaws for themselves and not for me;And if my ways are not as theirsLet them mind their ...

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On The Idle Hill Of Summer by Alfred Edward Housman

On The Idle Hill Of Summer by Alfred Edward Housman

On the idle hill of summer,Sleepy with the flow of streams, Far I hear the steady drummerDrumming like a noise in dreams. Far and near and low and louderOn the roads of earth go ...

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With Rue My Heart Is Laden by Alfred Edward Housman

With Rue My Heart Is Laden by Alfred Edward Housman

With rue my heart is ladenFor golden friends I had,For many a rose-lipt maidenAnd many a lightfoot lad.By brooks too broad for leapingThe lightfoot boys are laid;The rose-lipt ...

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Bring, In This Timeless Grave To Throw by Alfred Edward Housman

Bring, In This Timeless Grave To Throw by Alfred Edward Housman

Bring, in this timeless grave to throw, No cypress, sombre on the snow; Snap not from the bitter yew His leaves that live December through; Break no rosemary, bright with rime And ...

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You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day by Alfred Edward Housman

You Smile Upon Your Friend To-Day by Alfred Edward Housman

You smile upon your friend to-day, To-day his ills are over; You hearken to the lover's say, And happy is the lover. 'Tis late to hearken, late to smile, But better late than ...

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Now Hollow Fires Burn Out To Black by Alfred Edward Housman

Now Hollow Fires Burn Out To Black by Alfred Edward Housman

Now hollow fires burn out to black, And lights are guttering low: Square your shoulders, lift your pack, And leave your friends and go. Oh never fear, man, nought's to dread, Look ...

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Stars by Alfred Edward Housman

Stars by Alfred Edward Housman

Stars, I have seen them fall,But when they drop and dieNo star is lost at allFrom all the star-sown sky.The toil of all that beHelps not the primal fault;It rains into the sea,And ...

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If By Chance Your Eye Offend You by Alfred Edward Housman

If By Chance Your Eye Offend You by Alfred Edward Housman

If by chance your eye offend you, Pluck it out, lad, and be sound: 'Twill hurt, but here are salves to friend you, And many a balsam grows on ground. And if your hand or foot ...

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Look Not In My Eyes, For Fear by Alfred Edward Housman

Look Not In My Eyes, For Fear by Alfred Edward Housman

Look not in my eyes, for fear Thy mirror true the sight I see, And there you find your face too clear And love it and be lost like me. One the long nights through must lie Spent ...

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Bredon Hill by Alfred Edward Housman

Bredon Hill by Alfred Edward Housman

In summertime on BredonThe bells they sound so clear;Round both the shires they ring themIn steeples far and near,A happy noise to hear.Here of a Sunday morningMy love and I would ...

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Oh, When I Was In Love With You by Alfred Edward Housman

Oh, When I Was In Love With You by Alfred Edward Housman

Oh, when I was in love with you,Then I was clean and brave,And miles around the wonder grewHow well did I behave.And now the fancy passes by,And nothing will remain,And miles ...

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1887 by Alfred Edward Housman

1887 by Alfred Edward Housman

From Clee to heaven the beacon burns, The shires have seen it plain, From north and south the sign returns And beacons burn again. Look left, look right, the hills are bright, The ...

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Far In A Western Brookland by Alfred Edward Housman

Far In A Western Brookland by Alfred Edward Housman

Far in a western brookland That bred me long ago The poplars stand and tremble By pools I used to know. There, in the windless night-time, The wanderer, marvelling why, Halts on ...

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I Hoed And Trenched And Weeded by Alfred Edward Housman

I Hoed And Trenched And Weeded by Alfred Edward Housman

I hoed and trenched and weeded, And took the flowers to fair: I brought them home unheeded; The hue was not the wear. So up and down I sow them For lads like me to find, When I ...

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In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad by Alfred Edward Housman

In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad by Alfred Edward Housman

In my own shire, if I was sad, Homely comforters I had: The earth, because my heart was sore, Sorrowed for the son she bore; And standing hills, long to remain, Shared their ...

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Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries by Alfred Edward Housman

Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries by Alfred Edward Housman

These, in the day when heaven was falling,The hour when earth's foundations fled,Followed their mercenary callingAnd took their wages and are dead.Their shoulders held the sky ...

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If Truth In Hearts That Perish by Alfred Edward Housman

If Truth In Hearts That Perish by Alfred Edward Housman

If truth in hearts that perish Could move the powers on high, I think the love I bear you Should make you not to die. Sure, sure, if stedfast meaning, If single thought could ...

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As Through The Wild Green Hills Of Wyre by Alfred Edward Housman

As Through The Wild Green Hills Of Wyre by Alfred Edward Housman

As through the wild green hills of Wyre The train ran, changing sky and shire, And far behind, a fading crest, Low in the forsaken west Sank the high-reared head of Clee, My hand ...

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Think No More, Lad by Alfred Edward Housman

Think No More, Lad by Alfred Edward Housman

Think no more, lad; laugh, be jolly: Why should men make haste to die? Empty heads and tongues a-talking Make the rough road easy walking, And the feather pate of folly Bears the ...

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Oh Stay At Home, My Lad by Alfred Edward Housman

Oh Stay At Home, My Lad by Alfred Edward Housman

Oh stay at home, my lad, and plough The land and not the sea, And leave the soldiers at their drill, And all about the idle hill Shepherd your sheep with me. Oh stay with company ...

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The True Lover by Alfred Edward Housman

The True Lover by Alfred Edward Housman

The lad came to the door at night, When lovers crown their vows, And whistled soft and out of sight In shadow of the boughs. "I shall not vex you with my face Henceforth, my love, ...

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The Grizzly Bear by Alfred Edward Housman

The Grizzly Bear by Alfred Edward Housman

The Grizzly Bear is huge and wildIt has devoured the little child.The little child is unawareIt has been eaten by the bear.

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Oh Who Is That Young Sinner by Alfred Edward Housman

Oh Who Is That Young Sinner by Alfred Edward Housman

Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrists?And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists?And wherefore is he wearing such a ...

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White In The Moon The Long Road Lies by Alfred Edward Housman

White In The Moon The Long Road Lies by Alfred Edward Housman

White in the moon the long road lies, The moon stands blank above; White in the moon the long road lies That leads me from my love. Still hangs the hedge without a gust, Still, ...

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On Wenlock Edge The Wood’s In Trouble by Alfred Edward Housman

On Wenlock Edge The Wood’s In Trouble by Alfred Edward Housman

On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble;His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;The gale, it plies the saplings double,And thick on Severn snow the leaves.'Twould blow like this through ...

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It Nods And Curtseys And Recovers by Alfred Edward Housman

It Nods And Curtseys And Recovers by Alfred Edward Housman

It nods and curtseys and recovers When the wind blows above, The nettle on the graves of lovers That hanged themselves for love. The nettle nods, the wind blows over, The man, he ...

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In Valleys Of Springs And Rivers by Alfred Edward Housman

In Valleys Of Springs And Rivers by Alfred Edward Housman

"Clunton and Clunbury,Clungunford and Clun,Are the quietest placesUnder the sun."In valleys of springs and rivers, By Ony and Teme and Clun, The country for easy livers, The ...

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Fragment Of A Greek Tragedy by Alfred Edward Housman

Fragment Of A Greek Tragedy by Alfred Edward Housman

CHORUS: O suitably-attired-in-leather-boots Head of a traveller, wherefore seeking whom Whence by what way how purposed art thou come To this ...

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The Lent Lily by Alfred Edward Housman

The Lent Lily by Alfred Edward Housman

'Tis spring; come out to ramble The hilly brakes around, For under thorn and bramble About the hollow ground The primroses are found. And there's the windflower chilly With all ...

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On Moonlit Heath And Lonesome Bank by Alfred Edward Housman

On Moonlit Heath And Lonesome Bank by Alfred Edward Housman

On moonlit heath and lonesome bank The sheep beside me graze; And yon the gallows used to clank Fast by the four cross ways. A careless shepherd once would keep The flocks by ...

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Shot? So Quick, So Clean An Ending? by Alfred Edward Housman

Shot? So Quick, So Clean An Ending? by Alfred Edward Housman

Shot? so quick, so clean an ending? Oh that was right, lad, that was brave: Yours was not an ill for mending, 'Twas best to take it to the grave. Oh you had forethought, you could ...

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The Day Of Battle by Alfred Edward Housman

The Day Of Battle by Alfred Edward Housman

"Far I hear the bugle blow To call me where I would not go, And the guns begin the song, 'Soldier, fly or stay for long.' "Comrade, if to turn and fly Made a soldier never die, ...

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