The Princess: Ask me no more

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ask me no more: the moon may draw the sea;
         The cloud may stoop from heaven and take the shape,
         With fold to fold, of mountain or of cape;
But O too fond, when have I answer'd thee?
                Ask me no more.

Ask me no more: what answer should I give?
         I love not hollow cheek or faded eye:
         Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die!
Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live;
                Ask me no more.

Ask me no more: thy fate and mine are seal'd:
         I strove against the stream and all in vain:
         Let the great river take me to the main:
No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield;
                Ask me no more.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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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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POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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