In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 22

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The path by which we twain did go,
         Which led by tracts that pleased us well,
         Thro' four sweet years arose and fell,
From flower to flower, from snow to snow:

And we with singing cheer'd the way,
         And, crown'd with all the season lent,
         From April on to April went,
And glad at heart from May to May:

But where the path we walk'd began
         To slant the fifth autumnal slope,
         As we descended following Hope,
There sat the Shadow fear'd of man;

Who broke our fair companionship,
         And spread his mantle dark and cold,
         And wrapt thee formless in the fold,
And dull'd the murmur on thy lip,

And bore thee where I could not see
         Nor follow, tho' I walk in haste,
         And think, that somewhere in the waste
The Shadow sits and waits for me.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Sorrow & Grieving, Time & Brevity, Death, Relationships, Living, Friends & Enemies

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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More than any other Victorian writer, Tennyson has seemed the embodiment of his age, both to his contemporaries and to modern readers. In his own day he was said to be—with Queen Victoria and Gladstone—one of the three most famous living persons, a reputation no other poet writing in English has ever had. As official poetic spokesman for the reign of Victoria, he felt called upon to celebrate a quickly changing industrial and . . .

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SUBJECT Sorrow & Grieving, Time & Brevity, Death, Relationships, Living, Friends & Enemies

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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