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"Tho shallow intollocl, of popular
sonthnout. jmlpos blindly of that
which pleases if; tho voico of popu
lar scntiinont. is lifiort to imlison
minntu prniso or blamo of everything
by whieli it is moved. Tho
Inroads that first snared nt tout inn
aro mado tho warn through which
tho sympathetic, tho wise, tho
thoughtless, tho foolish, weaves eaeli
his own passion or coldness his own
folly or dosiro." War mi Chewy .
It would bo impossible to writo a
critical exegesis of tho works, or a
comprehensive biographical sketch,
of tho most illustrious poet of the
Victorian ago within tho proscribed
limits of a newspaper article, lie
lias enjoyed tho distinction of hav
ing boon tho most written about of
anv literary celebrity of tho century,
and for fifty years hosts of reviews
and periodicals have published arti
clos concerning his life and .work by.
tho most ominent of his contempo
raries. From this mass of biography,
praise and censure, I collated that
which seemed to possess tiio most
interest, for the general reader, be
ing not unmindful of the fact that
in this prosaic ora even the fame
swept strings of his lyre gave forth
their inspiring melody to fall upon
thousands of unannrecialivo ears.
But, as I read, through all the '
medley of betlex-teltrc.i rose tiio mem-
ory of a little blue and gold edition
of his poems that wove around me
subtle spoils of musical necromancy
in my ninth year in central New
York State, and "the threads that
first snared attention" have hope
lessly entangled tho stray thoughts
and "facts that had been collected.
Now that ho has gone from us tho
mind insensibly reverts, not to his
lyric achievements, but to the white
walled rectory on that Mower-scented
edostnl of Fame, containing as
the exouisito oooms. "The
Lady of Shalott" and the "Miller's
Daughter," in which was embodied
tho two dolightful songs, a style of
writing that ho afterwards made so
elTectivo in the. "Princess," "The
Palace of Art" and "The May
Queen." And what dweller in Poly
nesia, if ho be a reader, has not re
veled in the tropical luxuriance of
description in tho "Lotus Haters?"
tn which it seemed always afternoon,
All round the coast the languid air did
llreathlng like one tlint hath n weary
Full-fared obove the valley tood tho
And like a downward smoke, the slender
Along the elilV to fall and iiauu and fall
In September, 18M, at Vienna,
Tennyson's college friend and associ
ate, Arthur llallam, poet and son of
the historian, died.
In the light of the nineteenth cen
tury friendship existing between
Tennyson and llallam, the classic
tie between Damon and Pythias
pales into insignificance. Had it not
been for his untimely end he would
have been bound yet closer to the
poet by marriage with his favorite
Of llallam, of his literary work,
of tho purity of his life, of the nobil
ity of his character, it is superfluous
to speak they have been embalmed
in that Taj Mahal of Literature, that
grand nioMloa of song, consisting of
12!) elcgaic poems that form tho
most priceless sepulchre that ever
entombed mortal dust, "In Momori
am." To those who, like tho writer,
had the good fortune to hear Mr. F.
M. English's masterly lecture upon
this wonderful work, nothing need
mi hi l Yi v
hftMmni'Pi 0F mi mm
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be said limner, but to Uioso ol my
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minJL&!ZW"?; i treaU I .lur few 'wT A
."" ? ". '. ... i "'.. ..:.... l" -: " noted bioirrr
century liau seen out nine springs
vanish through tho gilded gates ol
summer, ho was born.
Sotnorsby was a fitting eradlo for
this nursling of. the Miv-es, with its
tree-shadowed lanes, its rippling
brooks voicing their lulling uiono
tonos of sweetness, tho Holywell
clen, irarlanded with autumn snow
drops, tho surrounding . fens alive
witti wild fowl and covered with
aquatic plants, and tho grand water
scape of tho German Ocean.
And, abovo all tho outward influ
ences, there was an intellectual and
moral atmosphere in tho homo it
solf. His father was rector of Soiners
by, a man of culture and refinement,
an athlete, a musician and a lingu
ist, and his mother, daughter of tho
Eov. Stephen lytche, was scarcely
inferior to her husband in intellect.
Alfred was the third born, and of
tho twelve children of the family
five wore poets who "lisped in num
bers" at an early ago.
AYo read of tho intellectual pas
times of the fledglings in this "nest
of nightingales" with admiration not
altogether unmixed with wonder.
How, gathered around the dining
table, thoy gave a loose rein to Fancy
and wrote in collaboration intermin
able histories, strange stories, and
quaint rhymes, through which shone,
as through a curtained casement, the
pale tires of genius.
And, most happily for the world,
tho little group of romancists re
ceived tho most kindly encourage
ment from their parents instead, as
is too often tho case, of having their
childish flights of imagination laugh
ed to scorn by tho carping wisdom
In 1827 appeared a little volume
of "Poems.by Two Brothers," Charles
and Alfred Tennyson, and tho pub
lic received tho book with warmer
expressions of approval than are
usually accorded to first ventures of
that character. Coleridge, then at
tho zenith of his fame, was prompt
to recognize the merit of tho poems,
and made tho stanzas of Charles an
object of special praise.
This thin little volume, containing
much that was crude, and effeminate
to the last degree, was tho "thin
point of a wedge" that gradually
opened tho gates of tho world of
literature to Alfred Tennyson.
Two years later ho won tho chan
cellor's medal for a competitive poem
in blank verso entitled, ''Tinibuctoo."
Among the competitors were Thack
eray and Hallain, and Thackeray,
smarting under a sonso of defeat,
seized upon tho long array of ex
planatory notes appended to the
poem, and wrote a laughable burles
que, brimming over with the keen
satire that afterwards made him
famous, and finished with a lengthy
list'of mirth-provoking oxegetical
remarks that caused Tennyson to
rigidly exclude all prosy explana
tions thereafter from his works.
Thackeray, however, made the
amende honorable in 18(5.'$ when ho
eloquently compared the poet to "a
giant showing a beacon torch on a
windy headland," and is reported as
saying that Tennyson was tho wisest
man ho over knew.
Of "Timbuetoo" tho "Atlieniuuni,"
notwithstanding the incongruous
title, said: "It would have done cre
dit to any man that over wrote."
Tho following year, 1S!S), he pub
lished an additional volume, .Many
of tho poems in this and the earlier
edition havo not boon reprinted in
any of tho authorized editions of his
late works, and this is well, for
Tennyson wasnt that period passing
through tho "first and only" callow
love stage of existence common to
poets and some prosaic men as well,
and his songs were tinctured with
tho usual complimentary addresses
to maidens fair and a hope of an
early grave, etc.
It maj' bo that IJulwor's sneering
allusion to "Miss Alfred" in 181li
produced a healthier tone in him.
There- was indeed suilicient excuse
for his almost feminine character
and graces of manner in his earlier
years, for he was surrounded by a
bovy of fair cousins and gentlo
sisters, wno were rosponsimo, to a
'roat extent, for tho "airy fairy
llhan" stylo about him.
lint tins ullemmancy the article in
Punch crushod out finally and for
ever. Roardon tolls us that, "Tenny
son gavo one deep-chested howl of
ire in response and then trimmed
In 18JJ2 was published a volume
that placed our poet securely upon
raphical writer in 1857,
said of "In Momoriam," "In no lan
guage probably is such another
series of elegies so deep, so meta
physical, so imaginative, so musical,
and showing such impassioned and
solemnizing atlection for the dead.
It has been well said by Mr. Rear
den that if the same poem had boon
written upon tho death of a sweet
heart or even a wife, it would havo
lost much of force.
But, written in commemoration of
a dead friend, as a monument to a
friendship for which, in strength
and manly purity, history furnishes
no parallel, it stands forth moro
time-enduring than any pyramid
that ever held the niuminiiicd re
mains of any Pharaoh who has lord
ed it over tho hosts of tho Nile.
In Johnson's beautiful though
biief epitaph on tho Countess of
Pembroke and in Henry King's "Exo
quy," wo havo examples of some stir
ring poetry inspired bj' the death of
loved ones of tho opposite sox. But
in- these cases a certain soxual
grief must necessarily predominate
that is entirely absent in "In Mem
oriain." 1 remember reading some tiino
ago a novel by O. YY. Holmes, "Tho
Guardian Angel," in which occurred
a slurring allusion to Tomryson's
masterpiece. 1 cannot recall tho
exact language used, but it struck
mo at the timo as being savagely un
just. Wholly incomprehensible in a
man like tho author of tho "Auto
crat," unless (tho book was publish
ed in L8(i3) ho had become tainted
with the then prevailing hatred of
every t lung English, a feeling that has
since happily almost disappeared
from among America's educated
A few months ago a well-known
San Francisco journalist, in an arti
cle on "In Memoriani," spoke of the
agnostic proclivities of tho author
and cited the lines, "Behold wo know
not anything," to substantiate his
interpretation of the work. But I
would s;iy, most humbly and defer
entially, that tho gentleman read
tho poems to littlo purposo if ho did
not "find a stronger faith his own."
In tho introductory stanzas occurs
"Thou wilt not leave us in tho dust:
Thou made-t man, hu knows not why;
Ho thinks ho was not made to dio,
And thou bait made him: thou art just."
"Our little systems have their day;
They have their day and cease to ho;
They aie hut hroken lights of thee,
And thou, 0 Lord, art more than they."
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