by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)

Here are the skies, the planets seven
Language: English 
Here are the skies, the planets seven
And all the starry train;
Content you with the mimic heaven,
And on the earth remain.

Ask me no more, for fear I should reply;
Others have held their tongues, and so can I;
Hundreds have died, and told no tale before:
Ask me no more, for fear I should reply --

How one was true and one was clean of stain
And one was braver than the heavens are high,
And one was fond of me; and all are slain.
Ask me no more, for fear I should reply.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-12
Line count: 12
Word count: 96