by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)

They say my verse is sad: no wonder
Language: English 
They say my verse is sad: no wonder;
  Its narrow measure spans
Tears of eternity, and sorrow,
  Not mine, but man's.
          
This is for all ill-treated fellows
  Unborn and unbegot,
For them to read when they're in trouble
  And I am not.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-12-13
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