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The Princess: A Medley: Come down, O Maid

Come down, O maid, from yonder mountain height:
  What pleasure lives in height (the shepherd sang)
  In height and cold, the splendour of the hills?
  But cease to move so near the Heavens, and cease
  To glide a sunbeam by the blasted Pine,
  To sit a star upon the sparkling spire;
  And come, for Love is of the valley, come,
  For Love is of the valley, come thou down
  And find him; by the happy threshold, he,
  Or hand in hand with Plenty in the maize,
  Or red with spirted purple of the vats,
  Or foxlike in the vine; nor cares to walk
  With Death and Morning on the silver horns,
  Nor wilt thou snare him in the white ravine,
  Nor find him dropt upon the firths of ice,
  That huddling slant in furrow-cloven falls
  To roll the torrent out of dusky doors:
  But follow; let the torrent dance thee down
  To find him in the valley; let the wild
  Lean-headed Eagles yelp alone, and leave
  The monstrous ledges there to slope, and spill
  Their thousand wreaths of dangling water-smoke,
  That like a broken purpose waste in air:
  So waste not thou; but come; for all the vales
  Await thee; azure pillars of the hearth
  Arise to thee; the children call, and I
  Thy shepherd pipe, and sweet is every sound,
  Sweeter thy voice, but every sound is sweet;
  Myriads of rivulets hurrying thro' the lawn,
  The moan of doves in immemorial elms,
  And murmuring of innumerable bees.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.  more…

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