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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
627. Blow, Bugle, Blow
 
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
 
    THE SPLENDOUR 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 for ever and for ever.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.
 

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