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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
IV. Inland Waters: Highlands
The Bugle
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
From “The Princess”

    THE SPLENDOR falls on castle walls
      And snowy summits old in story:
    The long light shakes across the lakes,
      And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,        5
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.
 
    O hark! O hear! how thin and clear,
      And thinner, clearer, farther going!
    O sweet and far, from cliff and scar,
      The horns of Elfland faintly blowing!        10
Blow, let us hear the purple glens replying:
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.
 
    O love, they die in yon rich sky,
      They faint on hill or field or river;
    Our echoes roll from soul to soul,        15
      And grow forever and forever.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.
 
 
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