Milton

(Alcaics)

Original Text: 
Cornhill Magazine (1863). AP 4 C76 ROBA. Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
2O skill'd to sing of Time or Eternity,
3     God-gifted organ-voice of England,
4          Milton, a name to resound for ages;
5Whose Titan angels, Gabriel, Abdiel,
6Starr'd from Jehovah's gorgeous armouries,
7     Tower, as the deep-domed empyrean
8          Rings to the roar of an angel onset--
9Me rather all that bowery loneliness,
10The brooks of Eden mazily murmuring,
11     And bloom profuse and cedar arches
12          Charm, as a wanderer out in ocean,
13Where some refulgent sunset of India
14Streams o'er a rich ambrosial ocean isle,
15     And crimson-hued the stately palm-woods
16          Whisper in odorous heights of even.

Notes

1] This poem belongs to a group of poems in which Tennyson experimented in the use of quantity in English metre. Milton, Tennyson noted, is in the metre of the Greek alcaic. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1863
RPO poem Editors: 
H. M. McLuhan
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.81.
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