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LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
English poet laureate
(1809 - 1892)
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Like a great phantom slowly sweeping through the sky.
      - [Moon]

Like summer tempest came her tears:
  Sweet my child, I live for thee.
      - [Proverbs]

Lo! now, what hearts have men! they never mount as high as woman in her selfless mood.
      - [Selfishness]

Love reflects the thing beloved.
      - [Love]

Mariana in the moated grange.
      - motto for Mariana, taken from Shakespeare "Comedy of Errors", III, i (Vincentio, the Duke)
        [Mottoes : Proverbs]

Men at moat differ as heaven and earth: but women, worst and best, as heaven and hell.
      - [Women]

Men may rise, on stepping-stones
  Of their dead selves to higher things.
      - [Experience]

Modred's narrow foxy face,
  Heart hiding smile, and gray persistent eye.
      - [Proverbs]

Music, which gentler on the spirit lies than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.
      - [Music]

My words are only words, and moved
  Upon the topmost froth of thought.
      - [Words]

No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years.
      - [Perseverance]

Not perfect, nay, but full of tender wants.
      - [Proverbs]

O guard thy roving thoughts with jealous care, for speech is but the dial-plate of thought and every fool reads plainly in thy words what is the hour of thy thought.
      - [Thought]

O Love, O fire! once he drew with one long kiss my whole soul through my lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.
      - [Kisses]

O love, they die, in yon rich sky,
  They faint on hill or field or river:
    Our echoes roll from soul to soul,
      And grow forever and forever.
        Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
          And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.
      - [Echo]

O well for him whose will is strong,
  He suffers, but he will not suffer long.
      - [Proverbs]

Oh that eternal want of peace which vexes public men!
      - [Politics]

Oh, I see thee old and formal, fitted to thy petty part,
  With a little board of maxims preaching down a daughter's heart!
      - [Formality]

One of Satan's shepherdesses caught
  And meant to stamp him with her master's mark.
      - [Proverbs]

Others' follies teach us not,
  Nor much their wisdom teaches;
    And most of sterling worth is what
      Our own experience preaches.
      - [Proverbs]

Our spirits rushed together at the touching of the lips.
      - [Kisses]

Philip. Madam, a day may sink or save a realm.
  Mary. A day may save a heart from breaking too.
      - [Day]

Pure vestal thoughts in the translucent fane of her still spirit.
      - [Eyes]

Raw Haste, half-sister to Delay.
      - [Haste]

Ring out the darkness of the land,
  Ring in the Christ that is to be.
      - [Bells]


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