And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears.
These, in the day when heaven was falling, The hour when earth's foundations fled, Followed their mercenary calling And took their wages and are dead. The British regulars who made the retreat from Mons, beginning August 24, 1914.
Good night; ensured release, Imperishable peace, Have these for yours. * While sky and sea and land And earth's foundations stand And heaven endures. *These three lines are on the tablet over Housman's grave in the parish church at Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Earth and high heaven are fixed of old and founded strong.
Tomorrow, more's the pity, Away we both must hie, To air the ditty and to earth I.
We now to peace and darkness And earth and thee restore Thy creature that thou madest And wilt cast forth no more.
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