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Daily Poem – To An Athlete Dying Young

August 5, 2006

To An Athlete Dying Young

by A. E. Housman


The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
…for the complete poem, go to:

virginia.edu
Primary Source:
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/britpo.html

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