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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XXVII. Is my team ploughing
 
 
‘IS my team ploughing,
  That I was used to drive
And hear the harness jingle
  When I was man alive?’
 
Ay, the horses trample,        5
  The harness jingles now;
No change though you lie under
  The land you used to plough.
 
‘Is football playing
  Along the river shore,        10
With lads to chase the leather,
  Now I stand up no more?’
 
Ay, the ball is flying,
  The lads play heart and soul;
The goal stands up, the keeper        15
  Stands up to keep the goal.
 
‘Is my girl happy,
  That I thought hard to leave,
And has she tired of weeping
  As she lies down at eve?’        20
 
Ay, she lies down lightly,
  She lies not down to weep:
Your girl is well contented.
  Be still, my lad, and sleep.
 
‘Is my friend hearty,        25
  Now I am thin and pine,
And has he found to sleep in
  A better bed than mine?’
 
Yes, lad, I lie easy,
  I lie as lads would choose;        30
I cheer a dead man’s sweetheart,
  Never ask me whose.
 

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