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LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
English poet laureate
(1809 - 1892)
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Fancy light from Fancy caught.
      - In Memoriam (pt. XXIII) [Fancy]

And Thought leapt out to wed with Thought,
  Ere Thought could wed itself with Speech.
      - In Memoriam (pt. XXIII, st. 4) [Thought]

'Tis better to have loved and lost,
  Than never to have loved at all.
      - In Memoriam (pt. XXVII, st. 4) [Love]

Rise, happy morn, rise, holy morn,
  Draw forth the cheerful day from night;
    O Father, touch the east, and light
      The list that shone when Hope was born.
      - In Memoriam (pt. XXX) [Morning]

I sometimes hold it half a sin
  To put in words the grief I feel;
    For words, like Nature, half reveal
      And half conceal the Soul within.
        . . . .
          In words, like weeds, I'll wrap me o'er
            Like coarsest clothes against the cold;
              But that large grief which these enfold
                Is given in outline and no more.
      - In Memoriam (V) [Words]

Their meetings made December June.
  Their every parting was to die.
      - In Memoriam (XCVII) [Unity]

Yonder cloud
  That rises upward always higher,
    And onward drags a laboring breast,
      And topples round the dreary west,
        A looming bastion fringed with fire.
      - In Memoriam (XV) [Clouds]

And from his ashes may be made
  The violet of his native land.
      - In Memoriam (XVIII, st. 1)
        [Destiny : Proverbs : Violets]

I do but sing because I must,
  And pipe but as the linnets sing.
      - In Memoriam (XXI, 6) [Poets]

The time draws near the birth of Christ:
  The moon is hid; the night is still;
    The Christmas bells from hill to hill
      Answer each other in the mist.
      - In Memoriam (XXVIII) [Christmas]

Her eyes are homes of silent prayer.
      - In Memoriam (XXXII) [Eyes]

Whose faith has centre everywhere,
  Nor cares to fix itself to form.
      - In Memoriam (XXXIII) [Faith]

A life that leads melodious days.
      - In Memoriam (XXXIII, st. 2) [Day]

And so the Word had breath, and wrought
  With human hands the creed of creeds
    In loveliness of perfect deeds,
      More strong than all poetic thoughts;
        Which he may read that binds the sheaf,
          Or builds the house, or digs the grave,
            And those wild eyes that watch the waves
              In roarings round the coral reef.
      - In Memoriam (XXXVI) [Christ]

Wearing all that weight
  Of learning lightly like a flower.
      - In Memoriam--Conclusion (st. 10)
        [Learning]

Our wills are ours, we know not how;
  Our wills are ours, to make them thine.
      - In Memoriam--Introduction (st. 4) [Will]

Thy prayer was "Light--more Light"--while Time shall last
  Thou sawest a glory growing on the night,
    But not the shadows which that light would cast,
      Till shadows vanish in the Light of Light.
      - Inscription on the Window in memory of Caxton,
        in St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, London
        [Light]

A love still burning upward, giving light
  To read those laws; an accent very low
    In blandishment, but a most silver flow
      Of subtle-paced counsel in distress.
        Right to the heart and brain, tho' undescried,
          Winning its way with extreme gentleness
            Thro' all the outworks of suspicious pride;
              A courage to endure and to obey:
                A hate of gossip parlance and of sway,
                  Crown'd Isabel, thro' all her placid life,
                    The queen of marriage, a most perfect wife.
      - Isabel [Wives]

'Tis only noble to be good.
      - Lady Clara Vere de Vere [Goodness]

Her manners had not that repose
  Which stamps the caste of Vere de Vere.
      - Lady Clara Vere de Vere (st. 5) [Manners]

From yon blue heavens above us bent,
  The gardener Adam and his wife
    Smile at the claims of long descent,
      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.
      - Lady Clara Vere de Vere (st. 7) [Ancestry]

I loved you, and my love had no return,
  And therefore my true love has been my death.
      - Lancelot and Elaine (l. 1,298) [Love]

Airy, fairy Lilian.
      - Lilian [Women]

For I dipt into the future far as human eye could see,
  Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;
    Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
      Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales;
        Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rain'd a ghastly dew
          From the nations' airy navies grappling in the central blue.
      - Locksley Hall (117) [Aeronautics]

Summer isles of Eden, lying in dark purple spheres of sea.
      - Locksley Hall (164) [Islands]


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