A. E. Housman



A Shropshire Lad

Think no more, lad;
laugh, be jolly




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A. E. Housman (1859-1936)

A Shropshire Lad



Think no more, lad; laugh, be jolly:
Why should men make haste to die?
Empty heads and tongues a-talking
Make the rough road easy walking,
And the feather pate of folly
Bears the falling sky.

Oh, ítis jesting, dancing, drinking
Spins the heavy world around.
If young hearts were not so clever,
Oh, they would be young for ever:
Think no more; ítis only thinking
Lays lads underground.





Be still, my soul, be still;
the arms you bear are brittle


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