Verse > A.E. Housman > A Shropshire Lad
A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
LXI. The vane on Hughley steeple
Hughley Steeple
THE VANE on Hughley steeple
  Veers bright, a far-known sign,
And there lie Hughley people,
  And there lie friends of mine.
Tall in their midst the tower        5
  Divides the shade and sun,
And the clock strikes the hour
  And tells the time to none.
To south the headstones cluster,
  The sunny mounds lie thick;        10
The dead are more in muster
  At Hughley than the quick.
North, for a soon-told number,
  Chill graves the sexton delves,
And steeple-shadowed slumber        15
  The slayers of themselves.
To north, to south, lie parted,
  With Hughley tower above,
The kind, the single-hearted,
  The lads I used to love.        20
And, south or north, ’tis only
  A choice of friends one knows,
And I shall ne’er be lonely
  Asleep with these or those.


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