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Lost In The Flood

Words and Music Make Pictures

Raph Vaughan Williams put this AE Houseman poem to music. Listen to the music file and see if you can fit the lyrics to the melody line.

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A SHROPSHIRE LAD - XXXI - On Wenlock Edge

On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble;
His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;
The gale, it plies the saplings double,
And thick on Severn snow the leaves.

'Twould blow like this through holt and hanger
When Uricon the city stood:
'Tis the old wind in the old anger,
But then it threshed another wood.

Then, 'twas before my time, the Roman
At yonder heaving hill would stare:
The blood that warms as English yeoman,
The thoughts that hurt him, they were there.

There, like the wind through woods in riot,
Through him the gale of life blew high;
The tree of man was never quiet:
Then 'twas the Roman, now 'tis I.

The gale, it plies the saplings double,
It blows so hard, 'twill soon be gone:
To-day the Roman and his trouble
Are ashes under Uricon.



Permission for the use of the above poem was obtained from The Society of Authors as the literary representative of the Estate of A E Housman.

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