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Short poem

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)


              1    Where Claribel low-lieth
              2    The breezes pause and die,
              3    Letting the rose-leaves fall:
              4But the solemn oak-tree sigheth,
              5    Thick-leaved, ambrosial,
              6    With an ancient melody
              7    Of an inward agony,
              8Where Claribel low-lieth.

              9At eve the beetle boometh
            10    Athwart the thicket lone:
            11At noon the wild bee hummeth
            12    About the moss'd headstone:
            13At midnight the moon cometh,
            14    And looketh down alone.
            15Her song the lintwhite swelleth,
            16The clear-voiced mavis dwelleth,
            17    The callow throstle lispeth,
            18The slumbrous wave outwelleth,
            19    The babbling runnel crispeth,
            20The hollow grot replieth
            21    Where Claribel low-lieth.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Poems, chiefly lyrical (London: E. Wilson, 1830). tenn/T366/P645/1830 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1830
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.353.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/10

Rhyme: irregular

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