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Alfred, Lord Tennyson

1809–1892. English poet. { Encyclopædia Britannica }

At a Glance

Rilla of Ingleside (2)
Jane of Lantern Hill (2)

Index to This Page

Crossing the Bar (1)
The Princess: A Medley (2)
Vastness (1)

Crossing the Bar (1889 poem)

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
   Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
   Turns again home. (Lines 5–8)

Jane of Lantern Hill, chapter 9 (“tides that moving seemed asleep”).

The Princess: A Medley (1895 poem)

   O, hark, O, hear! how thin and clear,
      And thinner, clearer, farther going!
   O, sweet and far from cliff and scar
      The horns of Elfland faintly blowing! (Part 3, lines 354–57)

Jane of Lantern Hill, chapter 23 (“‘horns of elfland faintly blowing’”).

Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the hart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more. (Part 4, lines 21–25)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 21 (“the deeps of despair”).

Vastness (1895 poem)

Raving politics, never at rest – as this poor earth’s pale history runs, –
What is it all but a trouble of ants in the gleam of a million million of suns? (Stanza 2)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 19 (“‘struggle of ants / In the gleam of a million million of suns’”).


Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Complete Poetic Works of Tennyson, Cambridge Edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company; Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1898). Online at