Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries

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Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, is perhaps the best known from his second poetry collection, Last Poems (1922). His best known volume was his first, A Shropshire Lad (1896).
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Battle of Menin Road, wounded by side of the road, 1917
An illustration for the story Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries by the author A. E. Housman
Battle of Menin Road, wounded by side of the road, 1917
An illustration for the story Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries by the author A. E. Housman
    These, in the day when heaven was falling,
    The hour when earth’'s foundations fled,
    Followed their mercenary calling
    And took their wages and are dead.

    Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
    They stood, and earth’'s foundations stay;
    What God abandoned, these defended,
    And saved the sum of things for pay.


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