Collected Poems of A. E. Housman

Alfred Edward Housman

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            Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936), better known as A. E. Housman , wrote three volumes of poetry . They were A Shropshire Lad (1896), Last Poems (1922), and More Poems (1936). His most frequent themes were adolescence, love, country living, and the horror of war. The works were first combined into Collected Poems of A. E. Housman in 1940. Our link points to the 1983 reprint of that collection.

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When I Was One-and-Twenty
by A. E. Housman (1896)

   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.
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