Alfred Lord Tennyson Poems

  • 151.  
    Farewell, Macready, since to-night we part;
  • 152.  
    Many a hearth upon our dark globe sighs
  • 153.  
    Glory of warrior, glory of orator, glory of song,
    Paid with a voice flying by to be lost on an endless sea-- Glory of Virtue, to fight, to struggle, to right the wrong--
  • 154.  
    O well for him whose will is strong!
  • 155.  
    Wailing, wailing, wailing, the wind over land and sea--
  • 156.  
    My Rosalind, my Rosalind,
  • 157.  
    Altho' I be the basest of mankind,
    From scalp to sole one slough and crust of sin, Unfit for earth, unfit for heaven, scarce meet
  • 158.  
    Uplift a thousand voices full and sweet,
  • 159.  
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  • 161.  
    Lady Clara Vere de Vere,
    Of me you shall not win renown: You thought to break a country heart
  • 162.  
    Love thou thy land, with love far-brought
    From out the storied past, and used Within the present, but transfused
  • 163.  
    When will the stream be aweary of flowing
    Under my eye? When will the wind be aweary of blowing
  • 164.  
    Move eastward, happy earth, and leave
    Yon orange sunset waning slow: From fringes of the faded eve,
  • 165.  
    Dead Princess, living Power, if that which lived
    True life live on--and if the fatal kiss, Born of true life and love, divorce thee not
  • 166.  
    The splendor falls on castle walls
    And snowy summits old in story; The long light shakes across the lakes,
  • 167.  
    Old poets foster'd under friendlier skies,
    Old Virgil who would write ten lines, they say, At dawn, and lavish all the golden day
  • 168.  
    Low-flying breezes are roaming the broad valley dimm'd in the gloaming;
    Thro' the black-stemm'd pines only the far river shines. Creeping thro' blossomy rushes and bowers of rose-blowing bushes,
  • 169.  
    Who can say
    Why To-day To-morrow will be yesterday?
  • 170.  
    Thy dark eyes open'd not,
  • 171.  
    O thou most holy Friendship! wheresoe'er
    Thy dwelling be--for in the courts of man But seldom thine all-heavenly voice we hear,
  • 172.  
    Eyes not down-dropt nor over-bright, but fed
    With the clear-pointed flame of chastity, Clear, without heat, undying, tended by
  • 173.  
  • 174.  
    PART I
  • 175.  
    Two children in two neighbor villages
    Playing mad pranks along the heathy leas; Two strangers meeting at a festival;
  • 176.  
    'Frater Ave atque Vale'
    Row us out from Desenzano, to your Sirmione row!
  • 177.  
  • 178.  
    Thou art not steep'd in golden languors,
  • 179.  
    What time the mighty moon was gathering light
    Love paced the thymy plots of Paradise, And all about him roll'd his lustrous eyes;
  • 180.  
    The winds, as at their hour of birth,
    Leaning upon the ridged sea, Breathed low around the rolling earth
  • 181.  
    My life is full of weary days,
  • 182.  
    My heart is wasted with my woe,
    Oriana. There is no rest for me below,
  • 183.  
    What be those crown'd forms high over the sacred fountain?
  • 184.  
    Her arms across her breast she laid;
    She was more fair than words can say; Barefooted came the beggar maid
  • 185.  
    Nature, so far as in her lies,
  • 186.  
    Farewell, whose like on earth I shall not find,
    Whose Faith and Work were bells of full accord, My friend, the most unworldly of mankind,
  • 187.  
    There lies a vale in Ida, lovelier
    Than all the valleys of Ionian hills. The swimming vapour slopes athwart the glen,
  • 188.  
    O blackbird! sing me something well:
    While all the neighbors shoot thee round, I keep smooth plats of fruitful ground,
  • 189.  
    O God! my God! have mercy now.
    I faint, I fall. Men say that Thou Didst die for me, for such as me,
  • 190.  
    He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
    Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.
  • 191.  
    Ah God! the petty fools of rhyme
    That shriek and sweat in pigmy wars Before the stony face of Time,
  • 192.  
    Of old sat Freedom on the heights,
    The thunders breaking at her feet: Above her shook the starry lights:
  • 193.  
    The charge of the gallant three hundred, the Heavy
  • 194.  
    What sight so lured him thro' the fields he knew
    As where earth's green stole into heaven's own hue,
  • 195.  
    The foes of the east have come down on our shore,
    And the state and the strength of Peru are no more: Oh! curs'd, doubly curs'd, was that desolate hour,
  • 196.  
    Come not, when I am dead,
    To drop thy foolish tears upon my grave, To trample round my fallen head,
  • 197.  
    'Tis midnight o'er the dim mere's lonely bosom,
    Dark, dusky, windy midnight: swift are driven The swelling vapours onward: every blossom
  • 198.  
    O thou that sendest out the man
    To rule by land and sea, Strong mother of a Lion-line,
  • 199.  
    Fifty times the rose has flower'd and faded,
  • 200.  
    I read, before my eyelids dropt their shade,
    'The Legend of Good Women,' long ago Sung by the morning star of song, who made
Total 544 poems written by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

GOD to his untaught children sent

Law, order, knowledge, art, from high,
And ev'ry heav'nly favour lent,

The world's hard lot to qualify.
They knew not how they should behave,


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