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Poem by Alfred Edward Housman

Additional Poems. 4. It Is No Gift I Tender

It is no gift I tender,
        A loan is all I can;
But do not scorn the lender;
        Man gets no more from man.

Oh, mortal man may borrow
        What mortal man can lend;
And twill not end tomorrow,
        Though sure enough twill end.

If death and time are stronger
        A love may yet be strong;
The world will last for longer
        But this will last for long.

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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