A. E. Housman

Alfred Edward Housman (March 26, 1859 – April 30, 1936), known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet.

Housman was counted one of the foremost classicists of his age, and has been ranked as one of the greatest scholars of all time, and on the strength and quality of his work, was appointed Professor of Latin at University College London and later, at Cambridge.

STARS, I HAVE SEEN THEM FALL
A. E. Housman

Stars, I have seen them fall,
But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
From all the star-sown sky.
The toil of all that be
Helps not the primal fault;
It rains into the sea,
And still the sea is salt.