Frank L. Ludwig

Her Strong Enchantments Failing (A. E. Housman)

Her strong enchantments failing,
Her towers of fear in wreck,
Her limbecks dried of poison
And the knife at her back,

The Queen of air and darkness
Begins to shrill and cry,
'Oh young man, oh my slayer,
Tomorrow you shall die.'

Oh Queen of air and darkness,
I think ‘tis truth you say,
And I shall die tomorrow;
but you will die today.

(Written by A. E. Houseman - one of my all time favourites, and finding that it is difficult to find on the Internet, I felt obliged to share it.)

Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Poem Edited: Sunday, August 30, 2009

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Comments about Her Strong Enchantments Failing (A. E. Housman) by Frank L. Ludwig

  • B. Gordon (9/3/2019 8:28:00 AM)

    The printed texts do seem to give ‘the knife at her neck’ as the correct wording.

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  • Chamara Devapriya (8/25/2019 2:09:00 AM)

    Line 2 should in fact be “Her towers of fear in wreck“... Her dreadful fortifications lie in ruins

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  • keira (4/27/2019 8:21:00 PM)

    I was pretty sure it was and a knife at her neck

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  • Tricia (11/13/2018 3:58:00 AM)

    I first came across this poem in my teens (many years ago) and I found myself quoting part of it today! I couldn’t remember all of it or the title so many thanks for having posted it and re-uniting me with this old favourite.

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  • Poetrylover (1/4/2018 12:25:00 AM)

    Please note
    line 2, Her towers of fear in wreck should be Her towers in fear of wreck
    and line 4, the knife at her back should be the knife at her neck (rhymes with wreck)

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    Frank L. Ludwig(1/4/2018 1:40:00 AM)

    Unfortunately the poet (A E Housman) has been dead for over 80 years, but I'm sure he would have been delighted at your suggestions and changed his poem accordingly.

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  • Chuck Audette (9/14/2009 1:37:00 PM)

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing! -chuck

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  • Ruth Walters (8/30/2009 6:33:00 AM)

    I love this poem too! Thankyou so much for posting it.

    Ruth

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