Poetry Friday: A Lullaby Like No Other in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Poem

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Fats here.

Before anything else, we would like to greet everyone a Happy Lunar New Year!

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As Iphigene pointed out last week, it’s difficult to find poems that relate to our current theme, A Game of Thrones: Blue Bloods, Queenship, Aristocracy. The poem I’m going to share with you today is not exactly royalty, although it was addressed to someone who is being treated as such. Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

Mother and Child. Art by 19th century American painter, Harry Roseland. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Mother and Child. Art by 19th century American painter, Harry Roseland. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

The Princess: Sweet and Low
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sweet and low, sweet and low,
Wind of the western sea,
Low, low, breathe and blow,
Wind of the western sea!
Over the rolling waters go,
Come from the dying moon, and blow,
Blow him again to me;
While my little one, my pretty one, sleeps.

Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest, on mother’s breast,
Father will come to thee soon;
Father will come to his babe in the nest,
Silver sails all out of the west
Under the silver moon:
Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.

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3 Comments on Poetry Friday: A Lullaby Like No Other in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Poem

  1. It’s really a beautiful lullaby. Amazingly, Fats, I sang this in my high school choir! Nice to be reminded!

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  2. Happy New Year, Fats! I can imagine that would make a lovely song. The mother is so wistfully waiting for her “king” — I hope he was “blown again” to her by morning.

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