Alfred Edward Housman

(26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 / Worcestershire)

Xxii: R L S - Poem by Alfred Edward Housman

Home is the sailor, home from sea:
Her far-borne canvas furled
The ship pours shining on the quay
The plunder of the world.

Home is the hunter from the hill:
Fast in the boundless snare
All flesh lies taken at his will
And every fowl of air.

'Tis evening on the moorland free,
The starlit wave is still:
Home is the sailor from the sea,
The hunter from the hill.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014



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