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01-04-2006, 06:29 PM
Now that we’ve been given the green light to post a “rate a poem of our own”…

In Memoriam VIII (1850)

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The wish, that of the living whole
No life may fail beyond the grave,
Derives it not from what we have

The likest God within the soul?

Are God and Nature then at strife,

That Nature lends such evil dreams?

So careful of the type she seems,

So careless of the single life;

That I, considering everywhere

Her secret meaning in her deeds,

And finding that of fifty seeds

She often brings but one to bear,

I falter where I firmly trod,

And falling with my weight of cares

Upon the great world's altar-stairs

That slope thro' darkness up to God,

I stretch lame hands of faith, and grope,

And gather dust and chaff, and call

To what I feel is Lord of all,

And faintly trust the larger hope.

William Haskins
01-04-2006, 06:36 PM
thank you, skylar. i've added it to the index (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?p=433247#post433247). tennyson had a wonderfully fluid style, and this is a great example of his devotional work.

01-07-2006, 01:53 AM
Isn't this one wonderful? I love the argument of God and Nature. It is a masterpiece in my eyes, so smooth and inspirational, heavy with meaning. I wonder how long he took to write it and if he felt exhausted when he was fininshed.

Thanks for sharing it!

A. Hamilton
01-08-2006, 08:31 AM
Oh I like this. It's one I can repeatedly read and ponder.

01-10-2006, 07:19 PM
I liked this a lot, skylarburris. Thanks. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif