The Princess: Sweet and Low

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892 Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Sweet and low, sweet and low,
         Wind of the western sea,
Low, low, breathe and blow,
         Wind of the western sea!
Over the rolling waters go,
Come from the dying moon, and blow,
         Blow him again to me;
While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps.

Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
         Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest, on mother's breast,
         Father will come to thee soon;
Father will come to his babe in the nest,
Silver sails all out of the west
         Under the silver moon:
Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.

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Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809–1892

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Family & Ancestors, Living, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, Relationships, Infancy

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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 Family & Ancestors, Living, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Nature, Relationships, Infancy

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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