Title: Louth - Alfred Lord Tennyson Sign
Author: Paul M. Fenwick
Date: November 2017

An interesting, small sign relating to Alfred, Lord Tennyson who was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland for much of Queen Victoria's reign. He held the position for a record 42 years (1850-1892).

Tennyson was born in the nearby village of Somersby. His 10 most famous poems were:

Locksley Hall ("knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers")

The Eagle ("He clasps the crag with crooked hands")

Tears, Idle Tears ("the days that are no more")


Break, Break, Break

The Lady of Shalott

Crossing the Bar

The Charge of the Light Brigade ("Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.")

Ulysees ("To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.")

In Memoriam A.H.H.

Other well-known Tennyson quotes are:

"Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."

"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever."

"A lie that is half-truth is the darkest of all lies."

"I am part of all that I have met."

"Better not to be at all than not be noble."

"Who are wise in love, love most, say least."

I've always liked Tennyson's Poem, The Brook. ("I come from haunts of coot and hern, I make a sudden sally And sparkle out among the fern, To Bicker down a valley.") It's believed that he is referring to the small stream near his birthplace in Somersby.

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