by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)

On your midnight pallet lying
Language: English 
On your midnight pallet lying,
Listen, and undo the door:
Lads that waste the light in sighing
In the dark should sigh no more;
Night should ease a lover's sorrow;
Therefore, since I go to-morrow,
Pity me before. 

[In]1 the land to which I travel,
The [far]2 dwelling, let me say-
Once, if here the couch is gravel,
[In]1 a kinder bed I lay,
And the [breast]3 the darnel smothers
Rested once upon another's
When it was not [clay]4.

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1 Gurney: "On"
2 Gurney: "afar"
3 Gurney: "heart"
4 Gurney: "day"


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Word count: 79