Say, Lad, Have You Things to Do?

Alfred Edward Housman 1859 – 1936



Say, lad, have you things to do?
Quick then, while your day's at prime.
Quick, and if 'tis work for two,
Here am I man: now's your time.

Send me now, and I shall go;
Call me, I shall hear you call;
Use me ere they lay me low
Where a man's no use at all;

Ere the wholesome flesh decay
And the willing nerve be numb,
And the lips lack breath to say,
"No, my lad, I cannot come."

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 04, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 384
Words 83
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 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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