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  • Oh I have been to Ludlow fair, and left my necktie God knows where. And carried half way home, or near, pints and quarts of Ludlow beer.

    Shropshire Lad (1896) no. 62
  • The thoughts of others Were light and fleeting, Of lovers' meeting Or luck or fame. Mine were of trouble, And mine were steady; So I was ready When trouble came.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.6, Delphi Classics
  • With rue my heart is laden For golden friends I had, For many a rose-lipped maiden And many a lightfoot lad.

    Shropshire Lad (1896) no. 54
  • The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.64, Delphi Classics
  • Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, and we were young.

    More Poems (1936) no. 36
  • Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; but young men think it is, and we were young.

    More Poems (1936) no. 36
  • Do not ever read books about versification: no poet ever learnt it that way. If you are going to be a poet, it will come to you naturally and you will pick up all you need from reading poetry.

  • Give me a land of boughs in leaf A land of trees that stand; Where trees are fallen there is grief; I love no leafless land.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.8, Delphi Classics
  • Therefore, since the world has still Much good, but much less good than ill, And while the sun and moon endure Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure, I'd face it as a wise man would, And train for ill and not for good.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.89, Delphi Classics
  • I think that to transfuse emotion - not to transmit thought but to set up in the reader's sense a vibration corresponding to what was felt by the writer - is the peculiar function of poetry.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.154, Delphi Classics
  • Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy springs a score, It only leaves me fifty more. And since to look at things in bloom Fifty springs are little room, About the woodlands I will go To see the cherry hung with snow.

    A Shropshire Lad no. 2, l. 1 (1896)
  • Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out. Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.

    "The Name and Nature of Poetry". The Leslie Stephen Lecture, Cambridge University, May 09, 1933.
  • And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears.

    A. E. Housman (2012). “A Shropshire Lad”, p.13, Courier Corporation
  • And how am I to face the odds Of man's bedevilment and God's? I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made.

    'Last Poems' (1922) no. 12
  • Tell me not here, it needs not saying, What tune the enchantress plays In aftermaths of soft September Or under blanching mays, For she and I were long acquainted And I knew all her ways.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.142, Delphi Classics
  • June suns, you cannot store them To warm the winter's cold, The lad that hopes for heaven Shall fill his mouth with mould.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.22, Delphi Classics
  • Oh when I was in love with you, Then I was clean and brave, And miles around the wonder grew How well did I behave. And now the fancy passes by, And nothing will remain, And miles around they'll say that I Am quite myself again.

    Shropshire Lad (1896) no. 18
  • They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man,The lads that will die in their glory and never be old.

    A. E. Housman (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of A. E. Housman (Illustrated)”, p.45, Delphi Classics
  • Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure.

    A. E. Housman (2012). “A Shropshire Lad”, p.43, Courier Corporation
  • If a man will comprehend the richness and variety of the universe, and inspire his mind with a due measure of wonder and awe, he must contemplate the human intellect not only on its heights of genius but in its abysses of ineptitude.

    Marcus Manilius, A. E. Housman (2011). “Astronomicon”, p.19, Cambridge University Press
  • The bells they sound on Bredon, And still the steeples hum. "Come all to church, good people"- Oh, noisy bells, be dumb; I hear you, I will come.

    Shropshire Lad (1896) no. 21
  • Look not in my eyes, for fear They mirror true the sight I see, And there you find your face too clear And love it and be lost like me.

    Love   Eye   Mirrors  
    A. E. Housman (2012). “A Shropshire Lad”, p.11, Courier Corporation
  • Therefore, since the world has still Much good, but much less good than ill

    A. E. Housman (2012). “A Shropshire Lad”, p.42, Courier Corporation
  • That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.

    A Shropshire Lad no. 40, l. 5 (1896)
  • There, like the wind through woods in riot, Through him the gale of life blew high; The tree of man was never quiet: Then 'twas the Roman, now 'tis I.

    A. E. Housman (2012). “A Shropshire Lad”, p.21, Courier Corporation
  • This is for all ill-treated fellows Unborn and unbegot, For them to read when they're in trouble And I am not.

    A. E. Housman (2006). “50 Poemas”, p.106, Editorial Renacimiento
  • I am not a pessimist but a pejorist (as George Eliot said she was not an optimist but a meliorist); and that philosophy is founded on my observation of the world, not on anything so trivial and irrelevant as personal history.

  • You smile upon your friend to-day, To-day his ills are over; You hearken to the lover's say, And happy is the lover. 'Tis late to hearken, late to smile, But better late than never: I shall have lived a little while Before I die for ever.

    A. E. Housman (2006). “50 Poemas”, p.70, Editorial Renacimiento
  • Why, if 'tis dancing you would be, There's brisker pipes than poetry. Say, for what were hop-yards meant, Or why was Burton built on Trent? Oh many a peer of England brews Livelier liquor than the Muse, And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man. Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink For fellows whom it hurts to think: Look into the pewter pot To see the world as the world's not.

    Shropshire Lad (1896) no. 62
  • I do not choose the right word, I get rid of the wrong one.

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