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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.


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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