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Poem by Alfred Edward Housman


Last Poems. 30. Sinners Rue


I walked alone and thinking,
        And faint the nightwind blew
And stirred on mounds at crossways
        The flower of sinners rue.

Where the roads part they bury
        Him that his own hand slays,
And so the weed of sorrow
        Springs at the four cross ways.

By night I plucked it hueless,
        When morning broke twas blue:
Blue at my breast I fastened
        The flower of sinners rue.

It seemed a herb of healing,
        A balsam and a sign,
Flower of a heart whose trouble
        Must have been worse than mine.

Dead clay that did me kindness,
        I can do none to you,
But only wear for breastknot
        The flower of sinners rue.



Alfred Edward Housman


Alfred Edward Housman's other poems:
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  2. More Poems. 33. On Forelands High in Heaven
  3. Last Poems. 27. The Sigh That Heaves the Grasses
  4. A Shropshire Lad. 34. The New Mistress
  5. Additional Poems. 3. When Adam Walked in Eden Young


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