A. E. Housman



A Shropshire Lad

Twice a week
the winter thorough




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A Shropshire Lad



Twice a week the winter thorough
Here stood I to keep the goal:
Football then was fighting sorrow
For the young manís 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 ítis how little mirth
Keeps the bones of man from lying
On the bed of earth.





It nods and curtseys and recovers


Oh, when I was in love with you