Posted by Bob on June 18, 2006
In Reply to: "Rose-lipped maidens, light foot lads" posted by Heiko Vogt on June 18, 2006
: "Rose-lipped maidens, light foot lads" was a toast in the film "Out of Africa". What does it mean? Where does it come from?
: Heiko Vogt
It's from A. E. Housman's Shropshire Lad:
With rue my heart is laden
For golden friends I had,
For many a rose-lipt maiden
And many a lightfoot lad.
By brooks too broad for leaping
The lightfoot boys are laid;
The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
In fields where roses fade.
At one point in my life, I made a habit of memorizing poems, particularly when spending time in airplanes. I nearly wore out my copy of Shropshire Lad, and had at least 15 poems from that wonderful book memorized. Many of those memories have faded like the roses....