Alfred Lord Tennyson

Lincoln / England
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Lincoln / England
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The Brook

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I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.
COMMENTS
dilip 08 November 2020
lovely - that should explain it all - why a lengthy comment of 20 words -
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Peter 26 October 2020
Learnt this in 1958 at spinney primary school
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Rajnish Manga 09 October 2020
I am fortunate to have read this lovely poem and was inspired to do its Hindi translation which I will post in a shot while. This is my tribute to the immortal poet Lord Tennyson.
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Linda Hepner 23 September 2020
One of the first poems I ever learned. Still makes my heart leap up!
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Richard Green, M.D. 06 September 2020
A great piece of poetry which has enchanted me since I was a 6th grader. It reminds me of nature and God: " But I go on forever."
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Michael Jack 25 August 2020
A brilliant poem which reminds our journey similar to the journey of the brook which goes thru the nature's beauty and finally to meet the ultimate but it remains in form and shape whereas we lose our body and shape.
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Bjpafa Meragente 17 June 2020
I usually feel a great poem like this, and so I understand why he was so loved by the fellow person, UK and London people.Because many tears have fallen through my face reading his words, and we crave for more of that unique among unique, each with its scent, no much to say except bent.
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Phillip 30 August 2019
This poem has enchanted me since childhood. Presented to me by my dear mother it has caused me great sobriety and helped me maintain stability! I thank the author and my mother!
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Prakash Limbu 28 August 2019
This poem reminds me of my school days. So many books to carry and read. An innocence yet mischievous soul that had to face all odds with so much vigour and vitality like the brook has carried all sort of detritus along its path.
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San Htut Min 13 August 2019
I was see this poem, just like between the human being until the dead.
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