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POEMS

OF

ALFRED TENNYSON,

POET-LAUREATE OF ENGLAND.

BOSTON:

J. E. TILTON AND COMPANY.

1869.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

LIBRARY 50*53

TO THE QUEEN.

REVERED, beloved you that hold

A nobler office upon earth

Than arms, or power of brain, or birth Could give the warrior kings of old,

Victoria, - since your Royal grace

To one of less desert allows

This laurel greener from the brows Of him that uttered nothing base;

And should your greatness, and the care

That yokes with empire, yield you time

To make demand of modern rhyme I aught of ancient worth be there;

Then - while a sweeter music wakes,

And thro' wild March the throstle calls,

Where all about your palace-walls The sun lit almond-blossom shakes

fake, Madam, this poor book of song;

For tho' the faults were thick as dust

In vacant chambers, I could trust Your kindness. May you rule us long,

And leave us rulers of your blood

As noble till the latest day I

May children of our children say, u She wrought her people lasting good ;

“Her court was pure ; her life serene ;

God gave her peace; her land reposed;
A thousand claims to reverence closed

In her as Mother, Wife, and Queen ;

“And statesmen at her council met

Who knew the seasons when to take

Occasion by the hand, and make The bounds of freedom wider yet

" By shaping some august decree,

Which kept her throne unshaken sti,

Broad-based upon her people's will, And compass'd by the inviolate sen.)

MARCH, 1861.

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