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A. E. Housman
(1859-1936) born on
Mar 26
English scholar, poet. His lyrics express a Romantic pessimism in a spare, simple style.
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

Clay lies still, but blood's a rover;
Breath's a ware that will not keep.
Up, lad; when the journey's over
There'll be time enough for sleep.
From far, from eve and morning
And yon twelve-winded sky,
The stuff of life to knit me
Blew hither: here am I.
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After death has stopped the ears.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: A Shropshire Lad, 2
R: A Shropshire Lad, 4, `Reveille'
A: A Shropshire Lad, 32
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: A Shropshire Lad, 19, `To an Athlete Dying Young'

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