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LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
English poet laureate
(1809 - 1892)
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Fill the cup and fill the can,
  Have a rouse before the morn;
    Every minute dies a man,
      Every minute one is born.
      - [Proverbs]

For man is man, and master of his fate.
      - [Proverbs]

God and Nature met in light.
      - [Light]

God gives us love. Something to love He lends us; but when love is grown to ripeness, that on which it throve falls off, and love is left alone.
      - [Love]

Half light, half shade, she stood a sight to make an old man young.
      - [Beauty]

Happy he with such a mother! Faith in womankind beats with his blood, and trust in all things high comes easy to him; and though he trip and fall he shall not blind his soul with clay.
      - [Trust]

He frothed his bumpers to the brim;
  A jollier year we shall not see.
    But tho his eyes are waxing dim,
      And tho his foes speak ill of him
        He was a friend to me.
          Old Year, you shall not die;
            We did so laugh and cry with you,
              I've half a mind to die with you,
                Old Year, if you must die.
 * * * * *
His face is growing sharp and thin.
  Alack! Our friend is gone.
    Close up his eyes; tie up his chin;
      Step from the corpse, and let him in
        That standeth there alone,
          And waiteth at the door;
            There's a new foot on the floor,
              My friend,
                And a new face at the door,
                  My friend,
                    A new face at the door.
      - [Old Year]

He shall find the rugged thistle bursting
  Into glossy purples, that outredden
    All voluptuous garden roses.
      - [Proverbs]

His essences turn the live air sick.
      - [Proverbs]

His gain is loss; for he that wrongs his friend
  Wrongs himself more, and ever bears about
    A silent court of justice in his breast,
      Himself a judge and jury, and himself
        The prisoner at the bar, ever condemned.
      - [Friends]

Home they brought him slain with spears,
  They brought him home at even-fall.
      - version of song in "The Princess", canto V, as published in the "Selections" (1865)
        [Soldiers]

Howe'er it be, it seems to me,
  'Tis only noble to be good;
    Kind hearts are more than coronets,
      And simple faith than Norman blood.
      - [Proverbs]

I know transplanted human worth will bloom to profit otherwhere.
      - [Worth]

I sit within a helmless bark.
      - [Proverbs]

I take possession of man's mind and deed,
  I care not what the sects may brawl;
    I sit as God, holding no form of creed,
      But contemplating all.
      - [Religion]

In lands of palm and southern pine; in lands of palm, of orange-blossom, of olive, aloe, and maize, and wine.
      - [Trees]

In robe and crown the king stepped down,
  To meet and greet her on her way.
      - [Proverbs]

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
      - [Spring]

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
      - [Loss : Love]

It is hard to wive and thrive both in a year.
      - [Matrimony]

Kind hearts are more than coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood.
      - [Kindness]

Let never maiden think, however fair,
  She is not fairer in new clothes than old.
      - [Proverbs]

Let observation with extended observation observe extensively.
      - paraphrasing Johnson, see Locker-Lampson's "Recollections of a tour with Tennyson", in "Memoirs of Tennyson" by his son, II, 73
        [Traveling]

Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change.
      - [Evolution]

Like a dog he hunts in dreams.
      - [Proverbs]


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