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Tennyson, Alfred Lord - In Memoriam A H H - Tis better to have loved and lost



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Alfred Lord Tennyson – from In Memoriam A.H.H.

I envy not in any moods
The captive void of noble rage,
The linnet born within the cage
That never knew the summer woods

I envy not the beast that takes
His license in the field of time
Unfettered by the sense of crime
To whom a conscience never wakes

Nor, what may count itself as blest
The heart that never plighted troth
But stagnates in the weeds of sloth
Nor any want-begotten rest

I hold it true, whate'er befall
I feel it, when I sorrow most
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all

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Tennyson, Alfred Lord

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