Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EIGHT O'CLOCK, by ALFRED EDWARD HOUSMAN

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EIGHT O'CLOCK, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: He stood, and heard the steeple
Last Line: Its strength, and struck.
Alternate Author Name(s): Housman, A. E.
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Death; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty; Dead, The

He stood, and heard the steeple
Sprinkle the quarters on the morning town.
One, two, three, four, to market-place and people
It tossed them down.

Strapped, noosed, nighing his hour,
He stood and counted them and cursed his luck;
And then the clock collected in the tower
Its strength, and struck.

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