In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 78

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Again at Christmas did we weave
         The holly round the Christmas hearth;
         The silent snow possess'd the earth,
And calmly fell our Christmas-eve:

The yule-log sparkled keen with frost,
         No wing of wind the region swept,
         But over all things brooding slept
The quiet sense of something lost.

As in the winters left behind,
         Again our ancient games had place,
         The mimic picture's breathing grace,
And dance and song and hoodman-blind.

Who show'd a token of distress?
         No single tear, no mark of pain:
         O sorrow, then can sorrow wane?
O grief, can grief be changed to less?

O last regret, regret can die!
         Noimixt with all this mystic frame,
         Her deep relations are the same,
But with long use her tears are dry.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Living, Nature, Winter, Sorrow & Grieving

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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 Living, Nature, Winter, Sorrow & Grieving

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Series/Sequence

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