A.E. Housman

1859 - 1936

A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on heart

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When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again, "The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain; 'Tis Paid with sighs aplenty And sold for endless rue. And I am two-and-twenty, And Oh, 'tis true, 'tis true."

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 13, st. 2

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on anger, eternity, failure, and trouble

The troubles of our proud and angry dust Are from eternity, and shall not fail. Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Last Poems, 1922, 9, st. 7

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on earth and silence

And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no.19, (To an Athlete Dying Young) st. 4

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman

He stood, and heard the steeple Sprinkle the quarters on the morning town.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Last Poems, 1922, I5 (Eight O'Clock), st. 1

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on god and world

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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.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Last Poems, 1922, 12

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on eternity, sorrow, tears, and wonder

They say my verse is sad: no wonder; Its narrow measure spans Tears of eternity, and sorrow, Not mine. but man's.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: More Poems, 1936, foreword

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on trees, cherry, blooming, april, easter, and spring

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 2, st. I

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on friendship

Now hollow fires burn out to black, And lights are guttering low: Square your shoulders, lift your pack And leave your friends and go.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 60

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on life and men

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Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, and we were young.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: More Poems, 1936.

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on death, lies, life, men, and shame

Here dead lie we 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.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Contributed by: Zaady

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