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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. 4. It Is No Gift I Tender
  2. Last Poems. 20. The Night Is Freezing Fast
  3. More Poems. 28. He, Standing Hushed, a Pace or Two Apart
  4. A Shropshire Lad. 34. The New Mistress
  5. Last Poems. 13. The Deserter

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