Alfred Lord Tennyson

(6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England)

The Brook - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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 about The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • (11/28/2018 7:07:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful poem (Report) Reply

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  • (11/21/2018 6:56:00 AM)

    Kgzfjsnyldd (Report) Reply

  • Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (11/10/2018 9:51:00 PM)

    I want to enjoy the nature....The stream and forests....... (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2018 6:54:00 PM)

    I used to sing this in Mercy College. I always loved the poem. Who else but Alfred Lord Tennsyon could put it into words, that sound delightful when sung! (Report) Reply

  • Ritika George (10/3/2018 3:11:00 AM)

    I learnt this poetry in school. It always serves as a piece of inspiration and encouragement to me. i just love the line....'For men may come and men may go but i go on forever', i always recite these lines whenever i feel weak or down as it teaches me to keep moving like a river. Hats off to sir Tennyson for such a masterpiece (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2018 9:06:00 AM)

    what is the central ideal of this passage? (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2018 5:16:00 AM)

    I learnt it at school and now in my eighties I am trying to memorise it again. (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2018 1:19:00 AM)

    A great poet. See also THE EAGLE (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2018 1:17:00 AM)

    Tennyson, the best poet. See THE EAGLE also (Report) Reply

  • (7/10/2018 10:59:00 PM)

    I am learning for English poem competition for class five (Report) Reply

  • (7/9/2018 6:27:00 AM)

    My first ‘experience’ of poetry. Every so often my mother would recite just the first verse; that’s all she new, bless her but over the years I’ve managed to catch up. Such a great poem bringing back such happy memories of childhood. (Report) Reply

  • (7/4/2018 7:42:00 AM)

    Please seee (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    I read this poem in class 9. Memorised it by hearth then, so magical it is. Overtime I forgot it, but there was always the deep impression this poem had left inside me. After 9 years in 2018, today while watching a movie I just came across this familiar name, and just googled it to this page. Wowza, what an amazing poem. Thank you buddies for this gorgeous collection. (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2018 7:34:00 PM)

    Love this! Learnt it at school aeons ago and still find it charming. (Report) Reply

  • (6/21/2018 3:51:00 PM)

    I memorized this in my childhood (4th or 5th grade) I am now 84. (Report) Reply

  • (6/18/2018 6:08:00 AM)

    I love the poem, and really appreciates the description of the brook made by the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and he is one of my favourite poets (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2018 10:25:00 AM)

    Lovely poem I read in my school days. A beautiful description o a river by Tennyson. (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2018 4:42:00 AM)

    I just love the full of feeling poem and the secret meaning of it which I felt I can give the secret meaning the title LIFE NOT A EASY TASK (Report) Reply

  • (5/31/2018 8:41:00 PM)

    very nice (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2018 4:36:00 AM)

    A poem first read in childhood. Now in old age fondly remembered and reread. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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