Alfred Edward Housman

(26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936 / Worcestershire)

Could Man Be Drunk Forever


Could man be drunk for ever
With liquor, love, or fights,
Lief should I rouse at morning
And lief lie down of nights.

But men at whiles are sober
And think by fits and starts,
And if they think, they fasten
Their hands upon their hearts.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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