The Welsh Marches

White In The Moon

The Welsh Marches -  by A E Housman

Tune: High Germany (traditional)


This is the start of a long poem by A E Housman which explores the interface of the Welsh and English along the line of the Marches.

At school in Shrewsbury in the 1960s Housman's 'Shropshire Lad' was a constant presence - I was frequently required to translate parts of it into truly bad elegiac couplets in A level Latin classes.

Despite this, and despite their falling far from fashionable approval, I find great pleasure in the poems now.


White In The Moon The Long Road Lies - by A E Housman

Tune: Blackwaterside (trad)


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