O Beauty, Passing Beauty! Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

O Beauty, Passing Beauty!

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O beauty, passing beauty! Sweetest sweet!
How can thou let me waste my youth in sighs?
I only ask to sit beside thy feet.
Thou knowest I dare not look into thine eyes.
Might I but kiss thy hand! I dare not fold
My arms about thee- scarcely dare to speak.
And nothing seems to me so wild and bold,
As with one kiss to touch thy blessed cheek.
Methinks if I should kiss thee, no control
Within the thrilling brain could keep afloat
The subtle spirit. Even while I spoke,
The bare word 'kiss' hath made my inner soul
To tremble like a lute string, ere the note
Hath melted in the silence that it broke.

O Beauty, Passing Beauty!
Dr Dillip K Swain 05 November 2022

Thou knowest I dare not look into thine eyes.....what a beauty!

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M Asim Nehal 04 December 2020

Superb poem! ! ! Beauty nicely explored and written.

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Castellenas John 14 April 2019

Amazing and wonderful poetry by Alfred.

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Edward Kofi Louis 08 January 2015

Nice piece of work. Thanks for sharing it with us. E.K.L.

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Abby Koning 09 September 2006

This poem made me smile, dream, remember.

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