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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
A. E. Housman. 1859–
 
29. Reveillé
 
WAKE: the silver dusk returning 
  Up the beach of darkness brims, 
And the ship of sunrise burning 
  Strands upon the eastern rims. 
  
Wake: the vaulted shadow shatters,         5
  Trampled to the floor it spanned, 
And the tent of night in tatters 
  Straws the sky-pavilioned land. 
  
Up, lad, up, 'tis late for lying: 
  Hear the drums of morning play;  10
Hark, the empty highways crying 
  "Who'll beyond the hills away?" 
  
Towns and countries woo together, 
  Forelands beacon, belfries call; 
Never lad that trod on leather  15
  Lived to feast his heart with all. 
  
Up, lad: thews that lie and cumber 
  Sunlit pallets never thrive; 
Morns abed and daylight slumber 
  Were not meant for man alive.  20
  
Clay lies still, but blood's a rover; 
  Breath's a ware that will not keep. 
Up, lad: when the journey's over 
  There'll be time enough to sleep. 
 
 
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