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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XXII. The street sounds to the soldiers’ tread
 
 
THE STREET sounds to the soldiers’ tread,
  And out we troop to see:
A single redcoat turns his head,
  He turns and looks at me.
 
My man, from sky to sky’s so far,        5
  We never crossed before;
Such leagues apart the world’s ends are,
  We ’re like to meet no more;
 
What thoughts at heart have you and I
  We cannot stop to tell;        10
But dead or living, drunk or dry,
  Soldier, I wish you well.
 

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