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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Extracts from In Memoriam: ‘Heart-affluence in discursive talk’
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
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HEART-AFFLUENCE in discursive talk
    From household fountains never dry;
    The critic clearness of an eye,
That saw thro’ all the Muses’ walk;
 
Seraphic intellect and force        5
    To seize and throw the doubts of man;
    Impassion’d logic, which outran
The hearer in its fiery course;
 
High nature amorous of the good,
    But touch’d with no ascetic gloom;        10
    And passion pure in snowy bloom
Thro’ all the years of April blood;
 
A love of freedom rarely felt,
    Of freedom in her regal seat
    Of England; not the schoolboy heat,        15
The blind hysterics of the Celt;
 
And manhood fused with female grace
    In such a sort, the child would twine
    A trustful hand, unask’d, in thine,
And find his comfort in thy face;        20
 
All these have been, and thee mine eyes
    Have look’d on: if they look’d in vain,
    My shame is greater who remain,
Nor let thy wisdom make me wise.
 
 
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