A.E. Housman

1859 - 1936

A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman

By brooks too broad for leaping The lightfoot boys are laid.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 54, st. 2

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on god

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Oh many a peer of England brews Livelier liquor than the Muse, And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man. Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink For fellows whom it hurts to think.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 62 , st. 2

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on brides, lies, lovers, and sleep

Lovers lying two and two Ask not whom they sleep beside, And the bridegroom all night through Never turns him to the bride.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 12, st. 4

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on friendship and heart

With rue my heart is laden For golden friends I had, For many a rose-lipped maiden And many a lightfoot lad.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 54, st. 1

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman

Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy springs a score, It only leaves me fifty more. And since to look at things in bloom Fifty springs are little room, About the woodlands I will go To see the cherry hung with snow.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

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

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on history, observation, optimism, pessimism, philosophy, and world

I am not a pessimist but a pejorist (as George Eliot said she was not an optimist but a meliorist); and that philosophy is founded on my observation of the world, not on anything so trivial and irrelevant as personal history.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: AutobiographicaI note written for a French translation of his poems

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on god and laws

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The laws of God, the laws of man, He may keep that will and can; Not I: let God and man decree Laws for themselves and not for me.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Last Poems, 1922, 12

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on birds, brides, children, desires, happiness, home, love, and motherhood

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.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Last Poems, 1922, 24 (Epithalamium), st. 3

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on belief, hope, and lies

Hope lies to mortals And most believe her, But man's deceiver Was never mine.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: More Poems, 1936, 6, st. I

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on needs

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Tell me not here, it needs not saying, What tune the enchantress plays In aftermaths of soft September Or under blanching mays, For she and I were long acquainted And I knew all her ways.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Last Poems, 1922, 40, st. I

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