Alfred Edward Housman
British classical scholar and poet (1859-1936)
Alfred Edward Housman was an English classical scholar and poet. After an initially poor performance while at university, he took employment as a clerk in London and established his academic reputation by publishing as a private scholar at first. Later Housman was appointed Professor of Latin at University College London and then at the University of Cambridge. He is now acknowledged as one of the foremost classicists of his age and has been ranked as one of the greatest scholars at any time. His editions of Juvenal, Manilius and Lucan are still considered authoritative.
Alfred Edward Housman Quotes
With rue my heart is laden For golden friends I had, For many a rose-lipped maiden And many a lightfoot lad.
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, and we were young.
Strapped, noosed, nighing his hour, He stood and counted them and cursed his luck; And then the clock collected in the tower Its strength, and struck.
And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears.
Hope lies to mortals And most believe her, But man's deceiver Was never mine.
By brooks too broad for leaping The lightfoot boys are laid.
Oh many a peer of England brews Livelier liquor than the Muse, And malt does more than Milton can To justify God's ways to man. Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink For fellows whom it hurts to think.
Here dead lie we because we did not choose To live and shame the land from which we sprung Life to be sure, is nothing much to lose; But young men think it is, and we were young.
Happy bridegroom, Hesper brings All desired and timely things. All whom morning sends to roam, Hesper loves to lead them home. Home return who him behold, Child to mother, sheep to fold, Bird to nest from wandering wide: Happy bridegroom, seek your bride.