The Princess: Home they Brought her Warrior Dead

Original Text: 
Alfred lord Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, 3rd edn. (London: E. Moxen, 1850). tenn T366 P756 1850 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
2      She nor swoon'd nor utter'd cry:
3All her maidens, watching, said,
4      "She must weep or she will die."
5Then they praised him, soft and low,
6      Call'd him worthy to be loved,
7Truest friend and noblest foe;
8      Yet she neither spoke nor moved.
9Stole a maiden from her place,
10      Lightly to the warrior stepped,
11Took the face-cloth from the face;
12      Yet she neither moved nor wept.
13Rose a nurse of ninety years,
14      Set his child upon her knee--
15Like summer tempest came her tears--
16      "Sweet my child, I live for thee."


1] The Princess: A Medley, published 1847. The first edition contained only four of the lyrics: "Tears, idle tears," "O Swallow Swallow," "Now sleeps the crimson petal," and "Come down, O maid." This poem was added in the edition of 1850. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
H. M. McLuhan
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.58.