Alfred Edward Housman

(26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 / Worcestershire)

On the Idle Hill of Summer


On the idle hill of summer,
Sleepy with the flow of streams,
Far I hear the steady drummer
Drumming like a noise in dreams.

Far and near and low and louder
On the roads of earth go by,
Dear to friends and food for powder,
Soldiers marching, all to die.

East and west on fields forgotten
Bleach the bones of comrades slain,
Lovely lads and dead and rotten;
None that go return again.

Far the calling bugles hollo,
High the screaming fife replies,
Gay the files of scarlet follow:
Woman bore me, I will rise.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: food, woman, summer, soldier, dream, friend, rose, women

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (On the Idle Hill of Summer by Alfred Edward Housman )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. Abhangs (A Short Collection), Sant Tukaram
  5. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  6. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Eldorado, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  10. Daffodils, William Wordsworth

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. কবিতাপল্লি, Hanzala Han
  2. Other Guys, Amber Carr
  3. I've Got Time, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  4. A Vultures Meal, Tiger Auntunette
  5. Nothing can break the focus., Sumita Jetley
  6. Ever So Cute, riya misi
  7. Unlock From Sockets, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  8. PRAY OUT YOUR PAST, Michael P. Johnson
  9. Christmas, Titiksa Dugar
  10. alphabet you two bucks you drive a truck, Mandolyn ...
[Hata Bildir]