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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Cambridge
Trinity College
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
(From In Memoriam)

I PAST beside the reverend walls
    In which of old I wore the gown;
    I roved at random through the town,
And saw the tumult of the halls;
 
And heard once more in college fanes        5
    The storm their high-built organs make,
    And thunder-music, rolling, shake
The prophets blazoned on the panes;
 
And caught once more the distant shout,
    The measured pulse of racing oars        10
    Among the willows; paced the shores
And many a bridge, and all about
 
The same gray flats again, and felt
    The same, but not the same; and last
    Up that long walk of limes I past        15
To see the rooms in which he dwelt.
 
Another name was on the door:
    I lingered; all within was noise
    Of songs, and clapping hands, and boys
That crashed the glass and beat the floor;        20
 
Where once we held debate, a band
    Of youthful friends, on mind and art
    And labor, and the changing mart,
And all the framework of the land;
 
When one would aim an arrow fair,        25
    But send it slackly from the string;
    And one would pierce an outer ring,
And one an inner, here and there;
 
And last the master-bowman, he
    Would cleave the mark. A willing ear        30
    We lent him. Who, but hung to hear
The rapt oration flowing free
 
From point to point with power and grace,
    And music in the bounds of law,
    To those conclusions when we saw        35
The God within him light his face,
 
And seem to lift the form, and glow
    In azure orbits heavenly-wise;
    And over those ethereal eyes
The bar of Michael Angelo.        40
 
 
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