The Author A. E. Housman

A Shropshire Lad - VII


    When smoke stood up from Ludlow,
    And mist blew off from Teme,
    And blithe afield to ploughing
    Against the morning beam
    I strode beside my team,

    The blackbird in the coppice
    Looked out to see me stride,
    And hearkened as I whistled
    The tramping team beside,
    And fluted and replied:

    "Lie down, lie down, young yeoman;
    What use to rise and rise?
    Rise man a thousand mornings
    Yet down at last he lies,
    And then the man is wise."

    I heard the tune he sang me,
    And spied his yellow bill;
    I picked a stone and aimed it
    And threw it with a will:
    Then the bird was still.

    Then my soul within me
    Took up the blackbird's strain,
    And still beside the horses
    Along the dewy lane
    It Sang the song again:

    "Lie down, lie down, young yeoman;
    The sun moves always west;
    The road one treads to labour
    Will lead one home to rest,
    And that will be the best."


facebook share button twitter share button reddit share button share on pinterest pinterest

Add A Shropshire Lad - VII to your library.

Return to the A. E. Housman library , or . . . Read the next poem; A Shropshire Lad - VIII

© 2022