With Rue My Heart is Laden

A.E. Housman

With rue my heart is laden
For golden friends I had
For many a rose lipt maiden
And many a light foot lad.

By brooks too broad for leaping
The light-foot boys are laid
The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
in fields where roses fade.

(This is the first poem I memorized.  It’s also the one that inspired me to memorize poems in the first place.  The Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen ) character in the movie Out of Africa refers to it at the end when she offers a toast (Light food Lads, Rose Lipt Girls) in the men’s club bar.

About literarylee

I sling words for a living. Always have, always will. Some have been interesting and fun; most not. These days, I write the fun words early in the morning before the adults are up and make me eat my Cream of Wheat.
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