Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809 – 1892 remains one of Britain’s most popular poets. 
He became Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland in 1850 during the reign of Queen Victoria and remained in this position until his death. 
‘Love is the only gold’ 
‘Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?’ 
‘If nature put not forth her power, About the opening of the flower, who is it that could live an hour?’ 
‘He makes no friends who never made a foe’ 
‘My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure’ 
‘Authority forgets a dying king’ 
‘Theirs not to make reply. Theirs not to reason why. Theirs but to do and die’ 
‘If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever’ 
‘I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair’ 
‘The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions’ 
‘The shell must break before the bird can fly’ 
‘Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, these three alone lead to power’ 
‘A sorrow’s crown of sorrow, is remembering happier things’ 
‘I am a part of all that I have met’ 
‘Once in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed. Up there came a flower, the people said, a weed’ 
‘Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change’ 
‘No life that breathes with human breath, has ever truly longed for death’ 
‘Sweet is true love that is given in vain, and sweet in death that takes away pain’ 
‘To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield’ 
‘For words, like Nature, half reveal and half conceal the Soul within’ 
‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’ 
‘Man dreams of fame while woman wakes to love’ 
‘A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies’ 
‘Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers’ 
‘If you don’t concentrate on what you are doing then the thing that you are doing is not what you are thinking’ 
‘By blood a king, in heart a clown’ 
‘We are all a part of every person we have ever met’ 
‘So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be’ 
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