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

  • Phillip (8/30/2019 4:04:00 AM)

    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!(Report)Reply

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  • Prakash Limbu (8/28/2019 5:01:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • San Htut Min (8/13/2019 1:20:00 AM)

    I was see this poem, just like between the human being until the dead.(Report)Reply

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  • Hareshwar (4/7/2019 12:32:00 AM)

    This is in class 8 not fare(Report)Reply

    Arshia(4/15/2019 10:38:00 AM)

    It is fare even 6 grade is learning this..

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  • Bee movie (3/15/2019 10:59:00 AM)

    Gnomes are trash lol XD(Report)Reply

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  • You’ve been Gnomed (3/13/2019 2:10:00 PM)

    Despacito(Report)Reply

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  • marcel moreau (3/3/2019 5:14:00 PM)

    Very nice poem. Many metaphors, I like them. Thank you 😊(Report)Reply

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  • Twinkle varshney (2/26/2019 11:04:00 AM)

    I love this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Twinkleb (2/26/2019 11:03:00 AM)

    This is lovely phone👌👌👍💐(Report)Reply

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  • phile (2/24/2019 2:45:00 AM)

    this is in class 12.(Report)Reply

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  • Iftekhar IftiIftekhar Ifti (2/14/2019 4:13:00 PM)

    Alfred Lord Tennyson’s masterpiece. Describe the scenic beauty of nature aside(Report)Reply

    Peter john Roberts(5/9/2019 3:46:00 AM)

    Much more restful than world news, Peterjroberts3@aol.com

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  • Riya rajput (1/31/2019 6:35:00 AM)

    I love this poem....🤗🤗😘(Report)Reply

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  • Uvygv (1/28/2019 9:10:00 AM)

    G cyfcuf cy dtc(Report)Reply

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  • gucci (1/16/2019 6:23:00 PM)

    VERY very nice.I like it...the brook
    VERY very nice.I like it...the brook(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (1/10/2019 3:23:00 AM)

    For men may come and men may go,
    But I go on for ever.
    And out again I curve and flow
    To join the brimming river.... //..... A joy to have read this stupendous poem. The Brook and the surrounding nature truly comes alive. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Palak heda (11/28/2018 7:07:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Sure know (11/21/2018 6:56:00 AM)

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

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

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  • Leslie Hoskins (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

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  • Ritika GeorgeRitika 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

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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