Verse > A.E. Housman > A Shropshire Lad
A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
XX. Oh fair enough are sky and plain
OH fair enough are sky and plain,
  But I know fairer far:
Those are as beautiful again
  That in the water are;
The pools and rivers wash so clean        5
  The trees and clouds and air,
The like on earth was never seen,
  And oh that I were there.
These are the thoughts I often think
  As I stand gazing down        10
In act upon the cressy brink
  To strip and dive and drown;
But in the golden-sanded brooks
  And azure meres I spy
A silly lad that longs and looks        15
  And wishes he were I.


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