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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XVII. Twice a week the winter thorough
 
 
TWICE a week the winter thorough
  Here stood I to keep the goal:
Football then was fighting sorrow
  For the young man’s soul.
 
Now in Maytime to the wicket        5
  Out I march with bat and pad:
See the son of grief at cricket
  Trying to be glad.
 
Try I will; no harm in trying:
  Wonder ’tis how little mirth        10
Keeps the bones of man from lying
  On the bed of earth.
 

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