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By Alfred Lord Tennyson

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I come from haunts of coot and hern;

     I make a sudden sally,

And sparkle out among the fern

     To bicker down the valley.

 

By thirty hills I hurry down,

     Or slip between the ridges,

By twenty thorps, a little town,

     And half a hundred bridges.

 

Till last by Philip's farm I flow

     To join the brimming river.

For men may come and men may go,

     But I go on forever.

 

I chatter over stony ways

     In little sharps and trebles.

I bubble into eddying bays.

     I babble on the pebbles.

 

With many a cuve my banks I fret.

     By many a field and fallow,

And many a fairy foreland set

     With willow-weed and mallow.

 

I chatter, chatter, as I flow

     To join the brimming river.

For men may come and men may go,

     But I go on forever.

 

I wind about, and in and out

     With here a blossom sailing,

And here and there a lusty trout,

     And here and there a grayling.

 

And  here and there a foamy flake

     Upon me, as I travel,

With many a silvery waterbreak

     Above the golden gravel.

 

And draw them all along, and flow

     To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,

     But I go on for ever.

 

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,

     I slide by hazel covers;

I move the sweet forget-me-nots

     That grow for happy lovers.

 

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,

     Among my skimming swallows;

I make the netted sunbeam dance

     Against my sandy shallows.

 

I murmer under moon and stars

     In brambly wildernesses;

I linger by my shingly bars;

     I loiter round my cresses.

 

And out again I curve and flow

     To join the brimming river.

For men may come and men may go

     But I go on forever.

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Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), English poet often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. Tennyson succeeded Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850.

 

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