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LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
English poet laureate
(1809 - 1892)
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On the lecture slate
  The circle rounded under female hands
    With flawless demonstration.
      - Princess (II, l. 349) [Circles]

We issued gorged with knowledge, and I spoke:
  "Why, Sirs, they do all this as well as we."
    "They hunt old trails" said Cyril, "very well;
      But when did woman ever yet invent?"
      - Princess (II, l. 366) [Invention]

Our echoes roll from soul to soul,
  And grow for ever and for ever.
    Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
      And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.
      - Princess (IV, Bugle Song) [Echo]

Then came your new friend: you began to change:
  I saw it and grieved.
      - Princess (IV, l. 279) [Friends]

Fear
  Stared in her eyes, and chalk'd her face.
      - Princess (IV, l. 357) [Fear]

The splash and stir
  Of fountains spouted up and showering down
    In meshes of the jasmine and the rose:
      And all about us peal'd the nightingale,
        Rapt in her song, and careless of the snare.
      - Princess (pt. I, l. 214) [Gardens]

Jewels five-words-long,
  That on the stretch'd forefinger of all Time
    Sparkle for ever.
      - Princess (pt. II, l. 355) [Poetry]

Current among men,
  Like coin, the tinsel clink of compliment.
      - Princess (pt. II, l. 40) [Compliments]

Better not to be at all
  Than not to be noble.
      - Princess (pt. II, l. 79) [Nobility]

Morn in the white wake of the morning star
  Came furrowing all the orient into gold.
      - Princess (pt. III, l. 1) [Morning]

Seeing, I saw not, hearing not, I heard.
  Tho', if I saw not, yet they told me all
    So often that I spake as having seen.
      - Princess (VI, l. 3) [Dreams]

Steps with a tender foot, light as on air,
  The lovely, lordly creature floated on.
      - Princess (VI, l. 72) [Footsteps]

Beat upon mine, little heart! beat, beat!
  Beat upon mine! you are mine, my sweet!
    All mine from your pretty blue eyes to your feet,
      My sweet!
      - Romney's Remorse [Babyhood]

The sin
  That neither God nor man can well forgive.
      - Sea Dreams [Forgiveness]

A trifle makes a dream, a trifle breaks.
      - Sea Dreams (l. 140) [Trifles]

In crystal vapour everywhere
  Blue isles of heaven laughed between,
    And far, in forest-deeps unseen,
      The topmost elm-tree gather'd green
        From draughts of balmy air.
      - Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere [Elm]

The boyhood of the year.
      - Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere (st. 3)
        [Spring]

When cats run home and light is come,
  And dew is cold upon the ground,
    And the far-off stream is dumb,
      And the whirring sail goes round,
        And the whirring sail goes round;
          Alone and warming his five wits,
            The white owl in the belfry sits.
      - Song--The Owl [Owls]

The sabbaths of Eternity.
  One sabbath deep and wide.
      - St. Agnes' Eve (st. 3) [Sabbath]

Battering the gates of heaven with storms of prayer.
      - St. Simeon Stylites (l. 7) [Prayer]

Here are cool mosses deep,
  And thro' the moss the ivies creep,
    And in the stream the long-leaved flowers weep,
      And from the craggy ledge the poppy hangs in sleep.
      - Th Lotos-Eaters--Choric Song (pt. I)
        [Flowers]

In time there is no present,
  In eternity no future,
    In eternity no past.
      - The "How" and the "Why" [Eternity]

And I too talk, and lose the touch
  I talk of. Surely, after all,
    The noblest answer unto such
      Is kindly silence when they brawl.
      - The After Thought,
        in "Punch", Mar. 7, 1846 [Silence]

O Blackbird! sing me something well:
  While all the neighbors shoot thee round,
    I keep smooth plats of fruitful ground,
      Where thou may'st warble, eat and dwell.
      - The Blackbird [Blackbirds]

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
  To join the brimming river,
    For men may come and men may go,
      But I go on forever.
      - The Brook [Brooks]


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