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Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The Princess: Thy Voice is Heard

              1Thy voice is heard thro' rolling drums,
              2      That beat to battle where he stands;
              3Thy face across his fancy comes,
              4      And gives the battle to his hands:
              5A moment, while the trumpets blow,
              6      He sees his brood about thy knee;
              7The next, like fire he meets the foe,
              8      And strikes him dead for thine and thee.


1] The Princess: A Medley, published 1847. The first edition contained only four of the lyrics: "Tears, idle tears," "O Swallow Swallow," "Now sleeps the crimson petal," and "Come down, O maid." 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 3.58.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14

Rhyme: ababcdcd

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