| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Alfred Tennyson (180992)|
|QUOTATION:||It little profits that an idle king,|
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Matchd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
I cannot rest from travel; I will drink
Life to the lees. All times I have enjoyd
Greatly, have sufferd greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when
Thro scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea. I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known,cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honord of them all,
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro
Gleams that untravelld world whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnishd, not to shine in use!
As tho to breathe were life! Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains; but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho much is taken, much abides; and tho
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
|ATTRIBUTION:||ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON, Ulysses, lines 132 and 6370, The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson, pp. 11718 (1899).|
See also Nos. 11 and 1118.