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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XII. When I watch the living meet
 
 
WHEN I watch the living meet,
  And the moving pageant file
Warm and breathing through the street
  Where I lodge a little while,
 
If the heats of hate and lust        5
  In the house of flesh are strong,
Let me mind the house of dust
  Where my sojourn shall be long.
 
In the nation that is not
  Nothing stands that stood before;        10
There revenges are forgot,
  And the hater hates no more;
 
Lovers lying two and two
  Ask not whom they sleep beside,
And the bridegroom all night through        15
  Never turns him to the bride.
 

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