Alfred Edward Housman
Alfred Edward Housman Quotes
''“You smile upon your friend to-day,A.E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad
To-day his ills are over;
You hearken to the lovers say,
And happy is the lover.
Tis late to hearken, late to smile,
But better late than never:
I shall have lived a little while
Before I die for ever.” ''
''“Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.” ''A.E. Housman
''“The half-moon westers low, my love,A.E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad
And the wind brings up the rain;
And wide apart lie we, my love,
And seas between the twain.
I know not if it rains, my love,
In the land where you do lie;
And oh, so sound you sleep, my love,
You know no more than I.” ''
''“Into my hear an air that killsA.E. Housman
through yon far country blows
what are those blue remembered hills
what spires,what farms are those?
that is the land of lost content
I can see it shining plain
the happy highways where I went
and cannot come again.” ''
''“To stand up straight and tread the turning mill,A.E. Housman, More Poems
To lie flat and know nothing and be still,
Are the two trades of man; and which is worse
I know not, but I know that both are ill.” ''
''“Here dead lie we because we did not chooseA.E. Housman
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 young.”''
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Along The Field As We Came By
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 and his lass;
Two lovers looking to be wed;
And time shall put them both to bed,
But she shall lie with earth above,
And he beside another love.’
And sure enough beneath the tree
There walks another love with me,
And overhead the aspen heaves
Its rainy-sounding silver leaves;
And I spell nothing in their stir,
But now perhaps they speak ...
The New Mistress
"Oh, sick I am to see you, will you never let me be?
You may be good for something, but you are not good for me.
Oh, go where you are wanted, for you are not wanted here.
And that was all the farewell when I parted from my dear.
"I will go where I am wanted, to a lady born and bred
Who will dress me free for nothing in a uniform of red;
She will not be sick to see me if I only keep it clean:
I will go where I am wanted for a soldier of the Queen.