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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Alfred Tennyson Tennyson. (1809–1892) (continued)
 
6718
      From yon blue heaven above us bent,
The grand old gardener and his wife 1 
  Smile at the claims of long descent.
          Lady Clara Vere de Vere. Stanza 7.
6719
    Howe’er it be, it seems to me,
  ’T is only noble to be good. 2 
Kind hearts are more than coronets,
  And simple faith than Norman blood.
          Lady Clara Vere de Vere. Stanza 7.
6720
    You must wake and call me early, call me early, mother dear;
To-morrow’ll be the happiest time of all the glad New Year,—
Of all the glad New Year, mother, the maddest, merriest day;
For I ’m to be Queen o’ the May, mother, I ’m to be queen o’ the May.
          The May Queen.
6721
                Ah, why
Should life all labour be?
          The Lotus-Eaters. iv.
6722
    A daughter of the gods, divinely tall,
  And most divinely fair. 3
          A Dream of fair Women. Stanza xxii.
6723
    God gives us love. Something to love
  He lends us; but when love is grown
To ripeness, that on which it throve
  Falls off, and love is left alone.
          To J. S.
6724
    Sleep sweetly, tender heart, in peace!
  Sleep, holy spirit, blessed soul,
While the stars burn, the moons increase,
  And the great ages onward roll.
          To J. S.
 
Note 1.
This line stands in Moxon’s edition of 1842,—
“The gardener Adam and his wife,”—
and was restored by the author in his edition of 1873. [back]
Note 2.
See Chapman, page 37. [back]
Note 3.
See Pope, page 340. [back]
 

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