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"Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

August 2, 2017
In Tennyson's poem, the hero Ulysses (Odysseus) has returned from his voyages but longs for new adventures. Read the text here.
idle
It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife...
hearth
It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife...
barren
It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife...
unequal
...I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
hoard
...I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
lees
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees
scud
All times I have enjoy'd
Greatly, have suffer'd greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro' scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name
vex
All times I have enjoy'd
Greatly, have suffer'd greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro' scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name
peer
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honour'd of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers
margin
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
burnish
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use!
eternal
...but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things...
yearn
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
bound
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
scepter
This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle,—
discern
This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle,—
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour
prudence
...by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and thro' soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
rugged
...by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and thro' soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
subdue
...by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and thro' soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
sphere
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone.
office
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone.
port
There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark, broad seas.
mariner
My mariners,
Souls that have toil'd, and wrought, and thought with me—
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old
toil
My mariners,
Souls that have toil'd, and wrought, and thought with me—
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old
unbecoming
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
strive
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
wane
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices.
smite
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
furrow
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
abide
Tho' much is taken, much abides...
heroic
...and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts
yield
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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