Break, break, break

Original Text: 
Alfred lord Tennyson, Poems, 2 vols. (Boston: W. D. Ticknor, 1842). PR 5550 E42a Victoria College Library (Toronto). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
2      On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
3And I would that my tongue could utter
4      The thoughts that arise in me.
5O, well for the fisherman's boy,
6      That he shouts with his sister at play!
7O, well for the sailor lad,
8      That he sings in his boat on the bay!
9And the stately ships go on
10      To their haven under the hill;
11But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
12      And the sound of a voice that is still!
13Break, break, break
14      At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
15But the tender grace of a day that is dead
16      Will never come back to me.


1] "Made in a Lincolnshire lane at five o'clock in the morning, between blossoming hedges" (Tennyson). It is in memory of the poet's friend, Arthur Hallam, who died in 1833. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
H. M. McLuhan
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