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C.ONTENTS.

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PREFACE

V.

CHAPTER I.
EARLY DAYS : THE “POEMS BY TWO BROTHERS

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TENNYSON

POET, PHILOSOPHER, IDEALIST.

CHAPTER I.

EARLY DAYS: “POEMS BY TWO BROTHERS."

"What vague world-whisper, mystic pain or joy,
Thro' these three words would haunt him when a boy

Far-far-away?
"A whisper from his dawn of life? a breath
From some fair dawn beyond the doors of death

Far-far-away?
" Far, far, how far? from o'er the gates of Birth,
The faint horizons, all the bounds of earth,

Far-far-away?"

-Far-Far-Away.

THE poet of yore was a “maker,” a “doer”; not a seer of visions or a dreamer of dreams; not the idle singer of an empty day. He was a leader of men, standing out preeminent as prophet and sage-a beacon in times of darkness, casting a living light along the path of duty. Such a man is, in many cases, the sole or central figure in a dark or shadowy picture looming through the past. His influence does not die: it is transmitted from bard to bard, each of whom catches the last notes of melody only to begin anew and in deeper tones the long-continued theme. We can hear these hero-minstrels always above the rush and roar of battle, the tossing and tumult of years, the changes and chances of time. When man groaned under tyranny, the

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