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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XLIX. Think no more, lad; laugh, be jolly
 
 
THINK no more, lad; laugh, be jolly:
  Why should men make haste to die?
Empty heads and tongues a-talking
Make the rough road easy walking,
And the feather pate of folly        5
  Bears the falling sky.
 
Oh, ’tis jesting, dancing, drinking
  Spins the heavy world around.
If young hearts were not so clever,
Oh, they would be young for ever:        10
Think no more; ’tis only thinking
  Lays lads underground.
 

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