Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ABC Wednesday

The Letter T - for Tennyson

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)  

Poet Laureate in the U.K. for much of Queen Victoria's reign, - a prolific writer, many of whose quotes are familiar in conversation and literature to the present day.


Now sleeps the crimson petal

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font:
The firefly wakens: waken thou with me.

Now droops the milkwhite peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me

Now lies the Earth all Danae to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.

Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts in me.

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake:
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
into my bosom and be lost in me.

Varsity Glee Club

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Roger Owen Green said...

TREMENDOUS choice for the TOPIC.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

Thank you for sharing something I have never read.

Joy said...

How beautifully put to music, it adds another dimension.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

How wonderfully thoughtful and entertaining. Thanks.

Rinkly Rimes said...

An interesting T. What a pity today's young men don't speak like that to their sweethearts!

ChrisJ said...

Love Tennyson. I need to fin d more time to read poetry I once knew and have now almost forgotten.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am sure he must be one of your favourites Hildred as Charles was stationed during the war not too far from where Tennyson lived (Somersby).

helenmac said...

Should we stayed tuned for more Tennyson?!
ABC Team

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Familiar poems since childhood and enjoyed the reminder. Very lovely to hear the music; thanks for including that!