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Nor , even in the cases where this might be done without offence , does it appear
wise to attempt to anticipate the verdict of the Future on our contemporaries .
Should the book last , poems by Tennyson , Bryant , Clare , Lowell , and others ,
Not many appear to have gained reputation without some gift or performance that
, in due degree , deserved it : and if no verses by certain writers who show less
strength than sweetness , or more thought than mastery in expression , are ...
... Nor Jove himself , when he a swan would be For love of Leda , whiter did
appear ; Yet Leda was they say ) as white as he , Yet not so white as these , nor
nothing near ; So purely white they were That even the gentle stream , the which
... did strew , That like old Peneus ' waters they did seem When down along by
pleasant Tempe ' s shore Scatter ' d with flowers , through Thessaly they stream ,
That they appear , through lilies ' plenteous store , Like a bride ' s chamber - floor
... That only is because it is so light . - - But in that pomp it doth not long appear ;
For when ' tis most admired , in a thought , Because it erst was nought , it turns to
nought . W . Drummonit LVI SOUL AND BODY Poor Soul , the centre of Book.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PollyMoore3 - LibraryThing
An updated version including some more modern poems. Among many favourites, it includes Ben Jonson's “Hymn to Diana”, one of the most perfect lyrics in the English language (you can recite it to the moon, and I have been known to), and “It is not growing like a tree”. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - chibitika - LibraryThing
English poetry from the 1500's through the 1800's. Dedicated to Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland from 1850-1892. It has end notes with lots of extra information, an index of ... Read full review