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Poem by Alfred Edward Housman


Last Poems. 32. When I Would Muse in Boyhood


When I would muse in boyhood
        The wild green woods among,
And nurse resolves and fancies
        Because the world was young,
It was not foes to conquer,
        Nor sweethearts to be kind,
But it was friends to die for
        That I would seek and find.

I sought them far and found them,
        The sure, the straight, the brave,
The hearts I lost my own to,
        The souls I could not save.
They braced their belts around them,
        They crossed in ships the sea,
They sought and found six feet of ground,
        And there they died for me.



Alfred Edward Housman


Alfred Edward Housman's other poems:
  1. Last Poems. 20. The Night Is Freezing Fast
  2. More Poems. 14. The Farms of Home Lie Lost in Even
  3. More Poems. 47. For My Funeral
  4. More Poems. 11. The Rainy Pleiads Wester
  5. More Poems. 28. He, Standing Hushed, a Pace or Two Apart


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