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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Page 675
 
 
Alfred Tennyson Tennyson. (1809–1892) (continued)
 
6795
    My own dim life should teach me this
  That life shall live for evermore.
          In Memoriam. xxxiv. Stanza 1.
6796
      Short swallow-flights of song, that dip
Their wings in tears, and skim away.
          In Memoriam. xlviii. Stanza 4.
6797
    Hold thou the good; define it well;
  For fear divine Philosophy
  Should push beyond her mark, and be
Procuress to the Lords of Hell.
          In Memoriam. liii. Stanza 4.
6798
    Oh yet we trust that somehow good
  Will be the final goal of ill.
          In Memoriam. liv. Stanza 1.
6799
            But what am I?
  An infant crying in the night:
  An infant crying for the light,
And with no language but a cry.
          In Memoriam. liv. Stanza 5.
6800
      So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life.
          In Memoriam. lv. Stanza 2.
6801
            The great world’s altar-stairs,
That slope through darkness up to God.
          In Memoriam. lv. Stanza 4.
6802
    Who battled for the True, the Just.
          In Memoriam. lvi. Stanza 5.
6803
    And grasps the skirts of happy chance,
And breasts the blows of circumstance.
          In Memoriam. lxiv. Stanza 2.
6804
      And lives to clutch the golden keys,
  To mould a mighty state’s decrees,
And shape the whisper of the throne.
          In Memoriam. lxiv. Stanza 3.
6805
    So many worlds, so much to do,
  So little done, such things to be. 1 
          In Memoriam. lxxiii. Stanza 1.
6806
    Thy leaf has perished in the green,
  And while we breathe beneath the sun,
  The world which credits what is done
Is cold to all that might have been.
          In Memoriam. lxxv. Stanza 4.
 
Note 1.
Whittier: My Triumph, page 651. [back]
 

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