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A. E. Housman

Here dead we lie because we did not choose 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.No. 36.
A. E. Housman life
The chestnut casts his flambeaux, and the flowers Stream from the hawthorn on the wind away, The doors clap to, the pane is blind with showers. Pass me the can, lad; there’s an end of May.No. 9, st. 1.
A. E. Housman flowers
And how am I to face the odds Of man’s bedevilment and God’s? I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made.No. 12, l. 15-18.
A. E. Housman god
But from my grave across my brow Plays no wind of healing now, And fire and ice within me fight Beneath the suffocating night.No. 30, st. 4.
A. E. Housman healing
Happy bridegroom, Hesper brings All desired and timely things. All whom morning sends to roam, Hesper loves to lead them home. Home return who him behold, Child to mother, sheep to fold, Bird to nest from wandering wide: Happy bridegroom, seek your bride.No. 24 Epithalamium, st. 3.
A. E. Housman love
Lovers lying two and two Ask not whom they sleep beside, And the bridegroom all night through Never turns him to the bride.No. 12, st. 4.
A. E. Housman love
Oh tarnish late on Wenlock Edge, Gold that I never see; Lie long, high snowdrifts in the hedge That will not shower on me.No. 39, st. 3.
A. E. Housman will
These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth’s foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling And took their wages and are dead.Their shoulders held the sky suspended; They stood, and earth’s foundations stay; What God abandoned, these defended, And saved the sum of things for pay.No. 37 Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries.
A. E. Housman god
We for a certainty are not the first Have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled Their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed Whatever brute and blackguard made the world.No. 9, st. 3.
A. E. Housman hope

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