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Her Strong Enchantments Failing (A. E. Housman)

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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,
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COMMENTS
B. Gordon 03 September 2019
The printed texts do seem to give ‘the knife at her neck’ as the correct wording.
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Chamara Devapriya 25 August 2019
Line 2 should in fact be “Her towers of fear in wreck“... Her dreadful fortifications lie in ruins
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keira 27 April 2019
I was pretty sure it was and a knife at her neck
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Tricia 13 November 2018
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 04 January 2018
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 04 January 2018
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 14 September 2009
Wonderful. Thanks for sharing! -chuck
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Ruth Walters 30 August 2009
I love this poem too! Thankyou so much for posting it. Ruth
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