Last Poems (Housman)

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Last Poems (1922)
by Alfred Edward Housman
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Last Poems

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A Shropshire Lad


A. E. Housman


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Henry Holt and Company

Last Poems

A. E. Housman

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New York
Henry Holt and Company

Copyright, 1922
By Henry Holt and Company

Printed November, 1922


I publish these poems, few though they are, because it is not likely that I shall ever be impelled to write much more. I can no longer expect to be revisited by the continuous excitement under which in the early months of 1895 I wrote the greater part of my other book, nor indeed could I well sustain it if it came; and it is best that what I have written should be printed while I am here see it through the press and control its spelling and punctuation. About a quarter of this matter belongs to the April of the present year, but most of it to dates between 1895 and 1910.

September 1922

No. Page
We'll to the woods no more (not listed in original) 10
I. Beyond the moor and mountain crest 11
II. As I gird on for fighting 14
III. Her strong enchantments failing 15
IV. Oh hard is the bed they have made him 16
V. The Queen she sent to look for me 17
VI. I 'listed at home for a lancer 19
VII. In valleys green and still 21
VIII. Soldier from the wars returning 23
IX. The chestnut casts his flambeaux, and the flowers 24
X. Could man be drunk for ever 26
XI. Yonder see the morning blink 27
XII. The laws of God, the laws of man 28
XIII. What sound awakened me, I wonder 30
XIV. The night my father got me 33
XV. He stood, and heard the steeple 35
XVI. Star and coronal and bell 36
XVII. The Wain upon the northern steep 38
XVIII. The rain, it streams on stone and hillock 39
XIX. In midnights of November 41
XX. The night is freezing fast 43
XXI. The fairies break their dances 44
XXII. The sloe was lost in flower 45
XXIII. In the morning, in the morning 46
XXIV. He is here, Urania's son 47
XXV. 'Tis mute, the word they went to hear 50
XXVI. The half-moon westers low, my love 52
XXVII. The sigh that heaves the grasses 53
XXVIII. Now dreary dawns the eastern light 54
XXIX. Wake not for the world-heard thunder 55
XXX. I walked alone and thinking 57
XXXI. Onward led the road again 59
XXII. When I would muse in boyhood 65
XXIII. When the eye of day is shut 66
XXIV. The orchards half the way 67
XXXV. When first my way to fair I took 69
XXXVI. West and away the wheels of darkness roll 70
XXXVII. These, in the day when heaven was falling 71
XXXVIII. Oh stay at home, my lad, and plough 72
XXXIX. When summer's end is nighing 73
XL. Tell me not here, it needs not saying 75
XLI. When lads were home from labour 77

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