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Alfred Edward Housman (Альфред Эдвард Хаусман)

Last Poems. 32. When I Would Muse in Boyhood

When I would muse in boyhood
        The wild green woods among,
And nurse resolves and fancies
        Because the world was young,
It was not foes to conquer,
        Nor sweethearts to be kind,
But it was friends to die for
        That I would seek and find.

I sought them far and found them,
        The sure, the straight, the brave,
The hearts I lost my own to,
        The souls I could not save.
They braced their belts around them,
        They crossed in ships the sea,
They sought and found six feet of ground,
        And there they died for me.

Alfred Edward Housman's other poems:
  1. More Poems. 41. He Looked at Me with Eyes I Thought
  2. More Poems. 4. The Sage to the Young Man
  3. More Poems. 9. When Green Buds Hang in the Elm Like Dust
  4. Additional Poems. 4. It Is No Gift I Tender
  5. Additional Poems. 6. Ask Me no More, for Fear I Should Reply

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