( full title is " A Shropshire Lad ", by A E Housman , read by Pete Postlethwaite )
In 1895, Alfred Edward Housman composed most of "A Shropshire Lad", with much of the setting coming from memories of his childhood. Many of the poems are addressed to, or spoken by, farm boys or soldiers and mention suicide, sweethearts who die young or death on a foreign field. Housman was renowned for his mastery of both the English & Latin languages (he had also been appointed Professor of Latin, at University College, London, in 1892).
Side One : 'A Shropshire Lad' (beginning) :-
1) From Clee to Heaven the Beacon Burns 2) Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now 3) Leave your Home Behind, Lad (The Recruit) 4) Wake: The Silver Dusk Returning (Revelle) 5) Oh See How Thick the Gold Cup Flowers 6) When the Lad for Longing Sighs 7) When Smoke Stood up for Ludlow 8) Farewell to Barn & Stack & Tree 9) On Moonlit Heath & Lonesome Bank 10) The Sun at Noon to Higher Air (March) 11) On Your Midnight Pallet Lying 12) When I Watch the Living Meet 13) When I was One-&-Twenty 14) There Pass the Careless People 15) Look not in my Eyes, for Fear 16) It Nods & Curtseys & Recovers 17) Twice a Week the Winter Thorough 18) Oh When I was in Love with You 19) The Time You Won Your Town the Race (To an Athlete Dying Young) 20) Oh Fair Enough are Sky & Plain 21) In Summertime on Bredon (Bredon Hill) 22) The Street Sounds to the Soldiers' Tread
Side Two : 'A Shropshire Lad' (continued) :-
23) The Lads in their Hundreds to Ludlow Come 24) Sad, Lad, Have you Things to do? 25) This Time of Year a Twelvemonth Past 26) Along the Fields as we Came by 27) Is my Team Ploughing 28) High the Vanes of Shrewsbury Gleam (The Welsh Marches) 29) 'Tis Spring; Come out & Ramble (The Lent Lily) 30) Others, I am not the First 31) On Wenlock Edge 32) From Far, from Eve & Morning 33) If Truth in Hearts that Perish 34) Oh, Sick I am to See you (The New Mistress) 35) On the Idle Hill of Summer 36) White in the Moon 37) As Through the Wild Green Hills of Wyre 38) The Winds out of the West Land Blow 39) 'Tis Time, I Think, by Wenlock Town 40) Into my Heart an Air that Kills 41) In my Own Shire 42) Once in the Wind of Morning (The Merry Guide)
Side Three : 'A Shropshire Lad' (conclusion) :-
43) When I Meet the Morning Bean (The Immortal Part) 44) Shot? So Quick, so Clean an Ending 45) If it Chance your Eye Offend you 46) Bring, in This Timeless Grave to Throw 47) Here the Hangman Stop His Cart (The Carpenter's Son) 48) Be Still, My Soul, Be Still 49) Think no More, Lad; Laugh, be Jolly 50) Clunton & Clunbury 51) Loitering with a Vacant Eye 52) Far in a Western Brookland 53) The Lad Came to the Door at Night (The True Lover) 54) With Rue my Heart is Laden 55) Westward on the High Plains 56) 'Far I Hear the Bugle Blow (The Day of Battle) 57) You Smile Upon your Friend Today 58) When I Last Came to Ludlow 59) The Star-Filled Seas are Smooth Tonight (Isle of Portland) 60) Now Hollow Fires Burn Out to Black 61) The vane of Hughley Steeple 62) Terence, this is Stupid Stuff 63) I Hoed & Trenched & Weeded
Side Four : Twenty more selected Housman Poems, listed in inner sleeve.