A.E. Housman

1859 - 1936

A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on behavior, bravery, love, and wonder

Oh, when I was in love with you, Then I was clean and brave And miles around the wonder grew How well I did behave. And now the fancy passes by, And nothing will remain, And miles around they'll say that I Am quite myself again.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 18, st. 1,2

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on journeys, lies, sleep, and time

Clay lies still, but blood's a rover; Breath's a ware that will not keep. Up, lad: when the journey's over There'll be time enough to sleep.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 4, st. 6 (Reveille)

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on colors

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Oh they're taking him to prison for the color of his hair.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: Additional Poems, 1937, 18, st. 1

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on belief and body

Mithridates, he died old. Housman's passage is based on the belief of the ancients that Mithridates the Great [c. 135-63 B.C.] had so saturated his body with poisons that none could injure him. When captured by the Romans he tried in vain to poison himself, then ordered a Gallic mercenary to kill him.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 62 , st. 4

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on earth and heaven

Earth and high heaven are fixed of old and founded strong.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: A Shropshire Lad, 1896, no. 48, st. I

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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on darkness, earth, and peace

We now to peace and darkness And earth and thee restore Thy creature that thou madest And wilt cast forth no more.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

Source: More Poems, 1936, 47 (For My Funeral), st. 3

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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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A Quote by Alfred Edward Housman on trees, deforestation, and place

Give me a land of boughs in leaf,
A land of trees that stand;
Where trees are fallen there is grief;
I love no leafless land.

A.E. Housman (1859 - 1936)

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