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LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
English poet laureate
(1809 - 1892)
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Once he drew
  With one long kiss my whole soul thro'
    My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
      - Fatima (st. 3) [Kisses]

There is no land like England,
  Where'er the light of day be;
    There are no hearts like English hearts,
      Such hearts of oak as they be;
        There is no land like England,
          Where'er the light of day be:
            There are no men like Englishmen,
              So tall and bold as they be!
                And these will strike for England,
                  And man and maid be free
                    To foil and spoil the tyrant
                      Beneath the greenwood tree.
      - Foresters--Song [England]

Darker than darkest pansies.
      - Gardener's Daughter [Pansies]

The garden lies,
  A league of grass, wash'd by a slow broad stream.
      - Gardener's Daughter (l. 40) [Gardens]

And there they placed a peacock in his pride,
  Before the damsel.
      - Gareth and Lynette [Peacocks]

Then she rode forth, clothed on with chastity:
  The deep air listen'd round her as she rode,
    And all the low wind hardly breathed for fear.
      - Godiva (l. 53) [Chastity]

Shall eagles not be eagles? wrens be wrens?
  If all the world were falcons, what of that?
    The wonder of the eagle were the less,
      But he not less the eagle.
      - Golden Year (l. 37) [Eagles]

I heard . . .
  . . . the great echo flap
    And buffet round the hills from bluff to bluff.
      - Golden Year (l. 75) [Echo]

First pledge our Queen this solemn night,
  Then drink to England, every guest;
    That man's the best Cosmopolite
      Who knows his native country best.
      - Hands All Round [Toasts]

Gigantic daughter of the West
  We drink to thee across the flood. . . .
    For art not thou of English blood?
      - Hands all Round,
        in the London "Examiner", 1862, and the "London Times", 1880
        [America]

First drink a health, this solemn night,
  A health to England, every guest;
    That man's the best cosmopolite,
      Who loves his native country best.
        May Freedom's oak forever live
          With stronger life from day to day;
            That man's the true Conservative
              Who lops the moulder'd branch away.
                Hands all round!
                  God the tyrant's hope confound!
                    To this great cause of Freedom drink, my friends,
                      And the great name of England round and round.
      - Hands all Round (vol. I, p. 345),
        in "Memoirs of Tennyson" by his son
        [England]

Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet;
  Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
      - Higher Pantheism [Gods : Prayer]

In that fierce light which beats upon a throne.
      - Idylls of the King--Dedication (l. 26)
        [Royalty]

Red ruin and the breaking-up of all.
      - Idylls of the King--Guinevere [Ruin]

Late, late, so late! but we can enter still.
  Too late, too late! ye cannot enter now.
      - Idylls of the King--Guinevere (l. 169)
        [Delay]

One so small
  Who knowing nothing knows but to obey.
      - Idylls of the King--Guinevere (l. 183)
        [Obedience]

The children born of thee are sword and fire,
  Red ruin, and the breaking up of law.
      - Idylls of the King--Guinevere (l. 423)
        [War]

His honor rooted in dishonor stood,
  And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.
      - Idylls of the King--Lancelot and Elaine
         (l. 886) [Honor]

He makes no friend who never made a foe.
      - Idylls of the King--Launcelot and Elaine
         (l. 1109) [Character : Proverbs]

For men at most differ as Heaven and Earth,
  But women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.
      - Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivian
        [Proverbs : Women]

Faith and unfaith can ne'er be equal powers;
  Unfaith is aught is want of faith in all.
      - Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivien
         (l. 388) [Faith]

It is the little rift within the lute
  That by and by will make the music mute,
    And ever widening slowly silence all.
      - Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivien
         (l. 393) [Music]

. . . Where blind and naked Ignorance
  Delivers brawling judgments, unashamed,
    On all things all day long.
      - Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivien
         (l. 662) [Ignorance : Judgment]

But every page having an ample marge,
  And every marge enclosing in the midst
    A square of text that looks a little blot.
      - Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivien
         (l. 669) [Books]

Rain, rain, and sun! a rainbow in the sky!
      - Idylls of the King--The Coming of Arthur
         (l. 401) [Rainbows]


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