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FREDERICK TENNYSON
English poet
(1807 - 1898)

How sweet the harmonies of the afternoon!
  The Blackbird sings along the sunny breeze
    His ancient song of leaves, and summer boon;
      Rich breath of hayfields streams thro' whispering trees;
        And birds of morning trim their bustling wings,
          And listen fondly--while the Blackbird sings.
      - [Blackbirds]

Through the gaunt woods the winds are shrilling cold,
  Down from the rifted rock the sunbeam pours
    Over the cold gray slopes, and stony moors.
      - [Wind]

What would it profit thee to be the first
  Of echoes, tho thy tongue should live forever,
    A thing that answers, but hath not a thought
      As lasting but as senseless as a stone.
      - Isles of Greece--Apollo (l. 367) [Echo]

'Tis not for golden eloquence I pray,
  A godlike tongue to move a stony heart--
    Methinks it were full well to be apart
      In solitary uplands far away,
        Betwixt the blossoms of a rosy spray,
          Dreaming upon the wonderful sweet face
            Of Nature, in a wild and pathless place.
      - Sonnets,
        from "A Treasury of English Sonnets" edited by David M. Main
        [Solitude]

Softly the loud peal dies,
  In passing winds it drowns,
    But breathes, like perfect joys,
      Tender tones.
      - The Bridal [Bells]

Two aged men, that had been foes for life,
  Met by a grave, and wept--and in those tears
    They washed away the memory of their strife;
      Then wept again the loss of all those years.
      - The Golden City (pt. I) [Tears]


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