by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)

When Adam walked in Eden young
Language: English 
When Adam walked in Eden young
    Happy, 'tis writ, was he,
While high the fruit of knowledge hung
    Unbitten on the tree.

Happy was he the livelong day:
    I doubt 'tis written wrong:
The heart of man, for all they say,
    Was never happy long.

And now my feet are tired of rest
    And here they will not stay
And the soul fevers in my breast
    And aches to be away.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-03-04
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Word count: 71