A Shropshire Lad XXVI: Along the field as we came by

Original Text: 
A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad (London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co., 1896): 37-38. del H68 S551896 Fisher Rare Book Library
1Along the field as we came by
2A year ago, my love and I,
3The aspen over stile and stone
4Was talking to itself alone.
5"Oh who are these that kiss and pass?
6A country lover and his lass;
7Two lovers looking to be wed;
8And time shall put them both to bed,
9But she shall lie with earth above,
10And he beside another love."
11And sure enough beneath the tree
12There walks another love with me,
13And overhead the aspen heaves
14Its rainy-sounding silver leaves;
15And I spell nothing in their stir,
16But now perhaps they speak to her,
17And plain for her to understand
18They talk about a time at hand
19When I shall sleep with clover clad,
20And she beside another lad.
Publication Start Year: 
1896
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.