A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on beginning, day, death, earth, and heaven

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. The British regulars who made the retreat from Mons, beginning August 24, 1914.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Last Poems, 1922, 37 (Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries), st. I

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