In Memory of Nick Adenhart

A friend sent along this poem published in 1896 by A.E. Housman.

To An Athlete Dying Young
 

THE time you won your town the race  
We chaired you through the market-place;  
Man and boy stood cheering by,  
And home we brought you shoulder-high.  
  
To-day, the road all runners come,          5
Shoulder-high we bring you home,  
And set you at your threshold down,  
Townsman of a stiller town.  
  
Smart lad, to slip betimes away  
From fields where glory does not stay,   10
And early though the laurel grows  
It withers quicker than the rose.  
  
Eyes the shady night has shut  
Cannot see the record cut,  
And silence sounds no worse than cheers   15
After earth has stopped the ears:  
  
Now you will not swell the rout  
Of lads that wore their honours out,  
Runners whom renown outran  
And the name died before the man.   20
  
So set, before its echoes fade,  
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,  
And hold to the low lintel up  
The still-defended challenge-cup.  
  
And round that early-laurelled head   25
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,  
And find unwithered on its curls  
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

3 Comments

I’m a Dodger Fan But Wow Man this Just Hit me! Its so Sad to See someone so young die..Because of a Stupid Driver….I hope that someone goes to hell or then find who that Person is! I Cried for Nick he was Supposed to be the Hottest Pitcher in the Angels

I’m a Dodger Fan But Wow Man this Just Hit me! Its so Sad to See someone so young die..Because of a Stupid Driver….I hope that someone goes to hell or then find who that Person is! I Cried for Nick he was Supposed to be the Hottest Pitcher in the Angels

Very appropriate poem. Very tragic circumstances.

Greg
http://baseballfix.mlblogs.com/

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