Alfred Edward Housman Quotes

“You smile upon your friend to-day, To-day his ills are over; You hearken to the lovers 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, A Shropshire Lad
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“Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.”
A.E. Housman
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“The half-moon westers low, my love, And the wind brings up the rain; And wide apart lie we, my love, And seas between the twain. I know not if it rains, my love, In the land where you do lie; And oh, so sound you sleep, my love, You know no more than I.”
A.E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad
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“Into my hear an air that kills through yon far country blows what are those blue remembered hills what spires,what farms are those? that is the land of lost content I can see it shining plain the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.”
A.E. Housman
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“To stand up straight and tread the turning mill, To lie flat and know nothing and be still, Are the two trades of man; and which is worse I know not, but I know that both are ill.”
A.E. Housman, More Poems
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