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Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Idylls of the King: Song from The Marriage of Geraint

              1      Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel, and lower the proud;
              2Turn thy wild wheel thro' sunshine, storm, and cloud;
              3Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.

              4      Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel with smile or frown;
              5With that wild wheel we go not up or down;
              6Our hoard is little, but our hearts are great.

              7      Smile and we smile, the lords of many lands;
              8Frown and we smile, the lords of our own hands;
              9For man is man and master of his fate.

            10      Turn, turn thy wheel above the staring crowd;
            11Thy wheel and thou are shadows in the cloud;
            12Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.

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, Idylls of the King (Boston, Mass.: Ticknor and Fields, 1859). tenn/T366/I496/1859 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1859
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.405.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/13

Composition date: 1856
Rhyme: aab ccb ...

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