A E Housman Quotes & Wallpapers

A E Housman
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'Tis spring; come out to ramble The hilly brakes around, For under thorn and bramble About the hollow ground The primroses are found. And there's the windflower chilly With all the winds at play, And there's the Lenten lily That has not long to stay And dies on Easter day. A E Housman
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Some men are more interesting than their books but my book is more interesting than its man. A E Housman
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Poems very seldom consist of poetry and nothing else; and pleasure can be derived also from their other ingredients. I am convinced that most readers, when they think they are admiring poetry, are deceived by inability to analyse their sensations, and that they are really admiring, not the poetry of the passage before them, but something else in it, which they like better than poetry. A E Housman
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Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again. A E Housman
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And silence sounds no worse than cheers After death has stopped the ears. A E Housman
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Most men are rather stupid, and most of those who are not stupid are, consequently, rather vain. A E Housman
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Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. A E Housman
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With rue my heart is laden For golden friends I had, For many a rose-lipt maiden And many a lightfoot lad. By brooks too broad for leaping The lightfoot boys are laid; The rose-lipt girls are sleeping In fields where roses fade. A E Housman
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Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions. A E Housman
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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. A E Housman
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That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again. A E Housman
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In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning. A E Housman
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Ten thousand times I've done my best and all's to do again. A E Housman
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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
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Stone, steel, dominions pass, Faith too, no wonder; So leave alone the grass That I am under. A E Housman
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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
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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
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We now to peace and darkness And earth and thee restore Thy creature that thou madest And wilt cast forth no more. A E Housman
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Oh, 'tis jesting, dancing, drinking Spins the heavy world around. A E Housman
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Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies, But keep your fancy free. A E Housman
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Happy bridegroom, Hesper brings All desired and timely things. All whom morning sends to roam, Hesper loves to lead them home. Home return who him behold, Child to mother, sheep to fold, Bird to nest from wandering wide: Happy bridegroom, seek your bride. A E Housman
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When the journey's over/There'll be time enough to sleep. A E Housman
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All knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use. A E Housman
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Therefore, since the world has still Much good, but much less good than ill A E Housman
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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
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Far in a western brookland That bred me long ago The poplars stand and tremble By pools I used to know. A E Housman
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Could man be drunk for ever With liquor, love, or fights, Lief should I rouse at morning And lief lie down of nights. But men at whiles are sober And think by fits and starts, And if they think, they fasten Their hands upon their hearts. A E Housman
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I tell the tale that I heard told. Mithridates, he died old. A E Housman
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Malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man. A E Housman
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Existence is not itself a good thing, that we should spend a lifetime securing its necessaries: a life spent, however victoriously, in securing the necessaries of life is no more than an elaborate furnishing and decoration of apartments for the reception of a guest who is never to come. Our business here is not to live, but to live happily. A E Housman
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The rainy Pleiads wester Orion plunges prone, And midnight strikes and hastens, And I lie down alone. A E Housman
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The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind. A E Housman
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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. A E Housman
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Wanderers eastward, wanderers west, Know you why you cannot rest? 'Tis that every mother's son Travails with a skeleton. Lie down in the bed of dust; Bear the fruit that bear you must; Bring the eternal seed to light, And morn is all the same as night. A E Housman
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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
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Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrists? And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists? And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Oh they're taking him to prison for the colour of his hair. A E Housman
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Nature, not content with denying to Mr - the faculty of thought, has endowed him with the faculty of writing. A E Housman
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But from my grave across my brow Plays no wind of healing now, And fire and ice within me fight Beneath the suffocating night. A E Housman
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Oh tarnish late on Wenlock Edge, Gold that I never see; Lie long, high snowdrifts in the hedge That will not shower on me. A E Housman
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Now hollow fires burn out to black, And lights are guttering low: Square your shoulders, lift your pack, And leave your friends and go. Oh never fear, man, nought's to dread, Look not to left nor right: In all the endless road you tread There's nothing but the night. A E Housman
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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. A E Housman
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The chestnut casts his flambeaux, and the flowers Stream from the hawthorn on the wind away, The doors clap to, the pane is blind with showers. Pass me the can, lad; there's an end of May. A E Housman
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Could man be drunk for ever With liquor, love, or fights, Lief should I rouse at mornings And lief lie down of nights. But men at whiles are sober And think by fits and starts, And if they think, they fasten Their hands upon their hearts. A E Housman
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Happy bridegroom, Hesper brings All desired and timely things. All whom morning sends to roam, Hesper loves to lead them home. Home return who him behold, Child to mother, sheep to fold, Bird to nest from wandering wide: Happy bridegroom, seek your bride. A E Housman
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Here dead we lie 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
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We now to peace and darkness And earth and thee restore Thy creature that thou madest And wilt cast forth no more. A E Housman
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But men at whiles are sober And think by fits and starts. And if they think, they fasten Their hands upon their hearts A E Housman
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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
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Who made the world I cannot tell; 'Tis made, and here am I in hell. My hand, though now my knuckles bleed, I never soiled with such a deed. A E Housman
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The laws of God, the laws of man he may keep that will and can; not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me. A E Housman
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Tomorrow, more's the pity, Away we both must hie, To air the ditty and to earth I. A E Housman
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The fairies break their dances And leave the printed lawn. A E Housman
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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. A E Housman
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To be a textual critic requires aptitude for thinking and willingness to think; and though it also requires other things, those things are supplements and cannot be substitutes. Knowledge is good, method is good, but one thing beyond all others is necessary; and that is to have a head, not a pumpkin, on your shoulders and brains, not pudding, in your head. A E Housman
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When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, `Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free.' But I was one-and-twenty No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again, `The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain; 'Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue.' And I am two-and-twenty And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true. A E Housman
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Good religious poetry... is likely to be most justly appreciated and most discriminately relished by the undevout. A E Housman
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The laws of God, the laws of man, He may keep that will and can; Now I: let God and man decree Laws for themselves and not for me. A E Housman
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Who made the world I cannot tell; 'Tis made, and here am I in hell. My hand, though now my knuckles bleed, I never soiled with such a deed. A E Housman
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And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears. A E Housman
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There, by the starlit fences, The wanderer halts and hears My soul that lingers sighing About the glimmering weirs. A E Housman
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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
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Could man be drunk for ever With liquor, love, or fights, Lief should I rouse at morning And lief lie down of nights. But men at whiles are sober And think by fits and starts, And if they think, they fasten Their hands upon their hearts. A E Housman
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Terence, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough: There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer. A E Housman
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I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made. A E Housman
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Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act. A E Housman
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Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale. A E Housman
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The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in. A E Housman
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Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write. A E Housman
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How clear, how lovely bright, How beautiful to sight Those beams of morning play; How heaven laughs out with glee Where, like a bird set free, Up from the eastern sea Soars the delightful day. To-day I shall be strong, No more shall yield to wrong, Shall squander life no more; Days lost, I know not how, I shall retrieve them now; Now I shall keep the vow I never kept before. Ensanguining the skies How heavily it dies Into the west away; Past touch and sight and sound Not further to be found, How hopeless under ground Falls the remorseful day. A E Housman
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Terence, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough; There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer. But oh, good Lord, the verse you make, It gives a chap the belly-ache. The cow, the old cow, she is dead; It sleeps well the horned head: We poor lads, 'tis our turn now To hear such tunes as killed the cow. Pretty friendship 'tis to rhyme Your friends to death before their time. Moping, melancholy mad: Come, pipe a tune to dance to, lad. A E Housman
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