And One More From the


And One More

From the aforementioned extremely long poem

from In Memoriam, A. H. H. LXXVIII Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    Again at Christmas did we weave
        The holly round the Christmas hearth;
        The silent snow possess'd the earth,
    And calmly fell our Christmas-eve:

    The yule-log sparkled keen with frost,
        No wing of wind the region swept,
        But over all things brooding slept
    The quiet sense of something lost.

    As in the winters left behind,
      Again our ancient games had place,
      The mimic picture's breathing grace,
  And dance and song and hoodman-blind.

  Who show'd a token of distress?
      No single tear, no mark of pain:
      O sorrow, then can sorrow wane?
  O grief, can grief be changed to less?

  O last regret, regret can die!
      No--mixt with all this mystic frame,
      Her deep relations are the same,
  But with long use her tears are dry.

Dedicated with love to MSR--choirs of angels sing thee to thy rest.

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