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LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
English poet laureate
(1809 - 1892)
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The woods are hush'd, their music is no more;
  The leaf is dead, the yearning past away;
    New leaf, new life--the days of frost are o'er;
      New life, new love, to suit the newer day:
        New loves are sweet as those that went before:
          Free love--free field--we love but while we may.
      - Idylls of the King--The Last Tournament
         (l. 276) [Trees]

Too much wit makes the world rotten.
      - Idylls of the King--The Tournament [Wit]

Never morning wore
  To evening, but some heart did break.
      - In Memoriam, pt. VI [Grief : Heart : Proverbs]

Dip down upon the northern shore,
  O sweet new year, delaying long;
    Thou doest expectant nature wrong,
      Delaying long; delay no more.
      - In Memoriam (82) [Spring]

As some divinely gifted man,
  Whose life in low estate began,
    And on a simple village green;
      Who breaks his birth's invidious bar.
      - In Memoriam (canto 64) [Birth]

One God, one law, one element,
  And one far-off divine event,
    To which the whole creation moves.
      - In Memoriam (conclusion, last stanza)
        [Creation]

We keep the day. With festal cheer,
  With books and music, surely we
    Will drink to him, whate'er he be,
      And sing the songs he loved to hear.
      - In Memoriam (CVII) [Festivities]

And thus he bore without abuse
  The grand old name of gentleman,
    Defamed by every charlatan
      And soiled with all ignoble use.
      - In Memoriam (CX, st. 6) [Gentlemen]

Large elements in order brought,
  And tracts of calm from tempest made,
    And world-wide fluctuation sway'd,
      In vassal tides that follow'd thought.
      - In Memoriam (CXII, st. 4) [Thought]

Who loves not Knowledge? Who shall rail
  Against her beauty? May she mix
    With men and prosper! Who shall fix
      Her pillars? Let her work prevail.
      - In Memoriam (CXIV) [Knowledge]

And in my breast
  Spring wakens too; and my regret
    Becomes an April violet,
      And buds and blossoms like the rest.
      - In Memoriam (CXV) [Violets]

I was born to other things.
      - In Memoriam (CXX) [Discontent]

And out of darkness came the hands
  That reach thro' nature, moulding men.
      - In Memoriam (CXXIV) [Darkness]

Forgive what seem'd my sin in me;
  What seem'd my worth since I began.
      - In Memoriam (introduction) [Virtue]

Behold, we know not anything;
  I can but trust that good shall fall
    At last--far off--at last, to all,
      And every winter change to spring.
      - In Memoriam (LIV) [Hope]

That not a moth with vain desire
  Is shrivel'd in a fruitless fire,
    Or but subserves another's gain.
      - In Memoriam (LIV) [Compensation]

O, yet we trust that somehow good
  Will be the final goal of ill,
    To pangs of nature, sins of will
      Defects of doubt and taints of blood.
      - In Memoriam (LIV, 1) [Goodness]

So many worlds, so much to do,
  So little done, such things to be.
      - In Memoriam (LXXII, 1) [Action : World]

Death has made
  His darkness beautiful with thee.
      - In Memoriam (LXXIV) [Death]

God's finger touched him, and he slept.
      - In Memoriam (LXXXV) [Death]

O friendship, equal-poised control,
  O heart, with kindliest motion warm,
    O sacred essence, other form,
      O solemn ghost, O crowned soul!
      - In Memoriam (LXXXV) [Friendship]

The might hops that make us men.
      - In Memoriam (LXXXV) [Hope]

Our father's dust is left alone
  And silent under other snows.
      - In Memoriam (pt. CV) [Graves]

Ring in the valiant man and free,
  The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
    Ring out the darkness of the land;
      Ring in the Christ that is to be.
      - In Memoriam (pt. CVI) [Bells]

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
  Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
    Ring out the thousand wars of old,
      Ring in the thousand years of peace.
      - In Memoriam (pt. CVI) [Bells]


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