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Poem by Alfred Edward Housman


Additional Poems. 14. Oh Is It the Jar of Nations


Oh is it the jar of nations,
        The noise of a world run mad,
The fleeing of earths foundations?
        Yes, yes; 1ie quiet, my lad.

Oh is it my country calling,
        And whom will my country find
To shore up the sky from falling?
        My business; never you mind.

Oh is it the newsboys crying
        Lost battle, retreat, despair,
And honour and England dying?
        Well, fighting cock, what if it were?

The devil this side of the darnels
        Is having a dance with man,
And quarrelsome chaps in charnels
        Must bear it as best they can.



Alfred Edward Housman


Alfred Edward Housman's other poems:
  1. Additional Poems. 1. Atys
  2. Additional Poems. 2. Oh Were He and I Together
  3. Last Poems. 22. The Sloe Was Lost in Flower
  4. More Poems. 9. When Green Buds Hang in the Elm Like Dust
  5. Additional Poems. 11a. They Shall Have Breath that Never Were


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