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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XXIV. Say, lad, have you things to do
 
 
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;        5
  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,        10
And the lips lack breath to say,
  ‘No, my lad, I cannot come.’
 

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