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A E Housman: Alfred Edward Housman (/ ' h a s m n / ; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. Lyrical and almost epigrammatic in form, the poems' wistful evocation of doomed youth in the English countryside, in spare language and distinctive imagery, appealed strongly to late Victorian and Edwardian taste, and to many early 20th-century English composers (beginning with Arthur Somervell ) both before and after the First World War. Through its song-setting the poetry became closely associated with that era, and with Shropshire itself.

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Quote Left So up and down I sow them For lads like me to find, When I shall lie below them, A dead man out of mind. Quote Right
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Quote Left When I was one-and-twenty,
I heard a wise man say,
Give pounds and crowns 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.
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Quote Left Lovers lying two and two Ask not whom they sleep beside, And the bridegroom all night through Never turns him to the bride. Quote Right
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Quote Left From far, from eve and morning And yon twelve-winded sky, The stuff of life to knit me Blew hither: here am I. Quote Right
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Quote Left And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man. Quote Right
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