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A.E. Housman quotes

A.E. Housman
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.

A.E. Housman
About the woodlands I will go To see the cherry hung with snow.

A.E. Housman
We for a certainty are not the first have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed whatever brute and blackguard made the world.

A.E. Housman
On occasions, after drinking a pint of beer at luncheon, there would be a flow into my mind with sudden and unaccountable emotion, sometimes a line or two of verse, sometimes a whole stanza, accompanied, not preceded by a vague notion of the poem which they were destined to form a part of.. I say bubble up because, so far as I could make out, the source of the suggestions thus proffered to the brain was the pit of the stomach.

A.E. Housman
The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity, and shall not fail. Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.

A.E. Housman
And silence sounds no worse than cheers After death has stopped the ears.

A.E. Housman
The fairies break their dances And leave the printed lawn.