"The Brook" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson … read by Alice B. Clagett ..

Revised; originally published on 16 August 2013 

Image: Alfred, Lord Tennyson: http://www.people.virginia.edu/~ds8s/carroll/images/tenn2.jpg
I’ll bet he’d just gotten done with a walk along a brook when they took this picture!

Dear Ones,

Here I read “The Brook” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson …

The words to this poem are below.

THE BROOK
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

“By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

“Till last by Philip’s farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

“I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

“With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

“I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

“I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

“And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

“And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

“I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

“I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

“I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

“And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.”

–by Alfred, Lord Tennyson … public domain

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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