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ALFRED LORD TENNYSON (1809-1883)

THE EAGLE


He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.


Original Text: Poems of Alfred Tennyson, 7th edn. (London: E. Moxon, 1851). tenn T366 A105 1851. Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891).