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Poem by Alfred Edward Housman

A Shropshire Lad. 17. Twice a Week the Winter Thorough

Twice a week the winter thorough
   Here stood I to keep the goal:
Football then was fighting sorrow
   For the young man's soul.

Now in Maytime to the wicket
   Out I march with bat and pad:
See the son of grief at cricket
   Trying to be glad.

Try I will; no harm in trying:
   Wonder 'tis how little mirth
Keeps the bones of man from lying
   On the bed of earth. 

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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