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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
 
Extracts from In Memoriam: ‘The Danube to the Severn gave’
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
XIX
THE DANUBE to the Severn gave
    The darken’d heart that beat no more;
    They laid him by the pleasant shore,
And in the hearing of the wave.
 
There twice a day the Severn fills;        5
    The salt sea-water passes by,
    And hushes half the babbling Wye,
And makes a silence in the hills.
 
The Wye is hush’d nor moved along,
    And hush’d my deepest grief of all,        10
    When fill’d with tears that cannot fall,
I brim with sorrow drowning song.
 
The tide flows down, the wave again
    Is vocal in its wooded walls;
    My deeper anguish also falls,        15
And I can speak a little then.
 
 
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