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Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Princess: The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls


              1      The splendour falls on castle walls
              2           And snowy summits old in story:
              3      The long light shakes across the lakes,
              4           And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
              5Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
              6Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.

              7      O hark, O hear! how thin and clear,
              8           And thinner, clearer, farther going!
              9      O sweet and far from cliff and scar
            10           The horns of Elfland faintly blowing!
            11Blow, let us hear the purple glens replying:
            12Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.

            13      O love, they die in yon rich sky,
            14           They faint on hill or field or river:
            15      Our echoes roll from soul to soul,
            16           And grow for ever and for ever.
            17Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
            18And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.

Notes

1] The Princess: A Medley, published 1847. This poem was added in the edition of 1850.


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, The Princess: A Medley, 3rd edn. (London: E. Moxen, 1850). tenn T366 P756 1850 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1850
RPO poem editor: H. M. McLuhan
RP edition: 3RP 3.56.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14

Rhyme: abcbdd


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