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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Extracts from Mediæval Records and Sonnets: Tennyson
By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
 
NONE sang of Love more nobly; few as well;
Of Friendship none with pathos so profound;
Of Duty sternliest-proved when myrtle-crowned;
Of English grove and rivulet, mead and dell;
Great Arthur’s Legend he alone dared tell;        5
Milton and Dryden feared to tread that ground;
For him alone o’er Camelot’s faery bound
The “horns of Elf-land” blew their magic spell.
Since Shakespeare and since Wordsworth none hath sung
So well his England’s greatness; none hath given        10
Reproof more fearless or advice more sage:
None inlier taught how near to earth is Heaven;
With what vast concords Nature’s harp is strung;
How base false pride; faction’s fanatic rage.
 
 
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