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Alfred, Lord Tennyson
(1809-1892) born on
Aug 06
English poet. He was the Poet Laureate, 1850-92 who wrote "Charge of the Light Brigade," 1854 and "Idylls of the King," 1885.
Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Thro' the wave that runs for ever
By the island in the river.

To reverence the King, as if he were
Their conscience, and their conscience as their King,
To break the heathen and uphold the Christ,
To ride abroad redressing human wrongs,
To speak no slander, no, nor listen to it,
To honour his own word. . .
What hope of answer or redress?
Behind the veil, behind the veil.
Thy voice is heard thro' rolling drums,
That beat to battle where he stands.
We have children, we have wives,
And the Lord hath spared our lives.
We will make the Spaniard promise, if we yield, to let us go;
We shall live to fight again and to strike another blow.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Lady of Shalott, 1
R: Idylls of the King, `Guinevere', 465
A: In Memoriam, 56 (Note: the stanza numbers used here refer to the later edn. of the poem which includes the additional stanza 39)
N: The Princess, IV, fourth song
K: The Revenge, 12

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