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He would not stay for me, and who can wonder

He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?
  He would not stay for me to stand and gaze.
I shook his hand, and tore my heart in sunder,
  And went with half my life about my ways.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


A. E. Housman

Alfred Edward Housman was born in Fockbury, Worcestershire, England, on March 26, 1859. He published two volumes of poetry during his life, including A Shropshire Lad (1896), which was widely read during World War I.

Date Published: 1939-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/he-would-not-stay-me-and-who-can-wonder