Could man be drunk for ever

Alfred Edward Housman 1859 – 1936



Could man be drunk for ever
With liquor, love, or fights,
Lief should I rouse at morning
And lief lie down of nights.
  
But men at whiles are sober
And think by fits and starts,
And if they think, they fasten
Their hands upon their hearts.
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

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Characters 233
Words 47
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

Alfred Edward Housman

Alfred Edward Housman, 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.  more…

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