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Live Stream: In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Written by Rachael Norris, 19th May 2020

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Today we are reading In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

 

From In Memoriam A.H.H. XXVII by Alfred Lord Tennyson

From In Memoriam A.H.H.XXVIII envy not in any moodsThe captive void of noble rage,The linnet born within the cage,That never knew the summer woods:I envy not the beast that takesHis licence in the field of time,Unfettr’d by the sense of crime,To whom a conscience never wakes;Nor, what may count itself as blest,The heart that never plighted trothBut stagnates in the weeds of sloth,Nor any want-begotten rest.I hold it true, whate’er befall;I feel it when I sorrow most;‘Tis better to have loved and lostThan never to have loved at all.Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Posted by The Reader on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

From In Memoriam A.H.H.

XXVII

I envy not in any moods

The captive void of noble rage,

The linnet born within the cage,

That never knew the summer woods:

 

I envy not the beast that takes

His licence in the field of time,

Unfettr’d by the sense of crime,

To whom a conscience never wakes;

 

Nor, what may count itself as blest,

The heart that never plighted troth

But stagnates in the weeds of sloth,

Nor any want-begotten rest.

 

I hold it true, whate’er befall;

I feel it when I sorrow most;

‘Tis better to have loved and lost

Than never to have loved at all.

 

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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