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‘and Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?’ - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

'And ask ye why these sad tears stream?'

‘Te somnia nostra reducunt.’
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And ask ye why these sad tears stream?
Why these wan eyes are dim with weeping?
I had a dream–a lovely dream,
Of her that in the grave is sleeping.

I saw her as ’twas yesterday,
The bloom upon her cheek still glowing;
And round her play’d a golden ray,
And on her brows were gay flowers blowing.

With angel-hand she swept a lyre,
A garland red with roses bound it;
Its strings were wreath’d with lambent fire
And amaranth was woven round it.

I saw her mid the realms of light,
In everlasting radiance gleaming;
Co-equal with the seraphs bright,
Mid thousand thousand angels beaming.

I strove to reach her, when, behold,
Those fairy forms of bliss Elysian,
And all that rich scene wrapt in gold,
Faded in air–a lovely vision!

And I awoke, but oh! to me
That waking hour was doubly weary;
And yet I could not envy thee,
Although so blest, and I so dreary.


Comments about ‘and Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Rookie - 87 Points Luke Gray (11/7/2014 5:52:00 PM)

    This poem is filled with emotions (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 32,805 Points Savita Tyagi (11/7/2014 7:29:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Loved reading each and every line. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,961 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/7/2014 3:26:00 AM)

    Alfred Tennyson is one of the poets I like very much with his ability to involve a sea of emotion in lines and verses and gathering images from myths and realities, all appealing to the human heart! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sad

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  2. 2. A Fairly Sad Tale , Dorothy Parker
  3. 3. ‘and Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?’ , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  4. 4. The Sad Mother , Gabriela Mistral
  5. 5. Be Not Sad , James Joyce
  6. 6. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  7. 7. Sad In Blue (A Lyric) , Peter S. Quinn
  8. 8. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  9. 9. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  10. 10. Sad , Cristina Geanta
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  12. 12. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  13. 13. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  14. 14. Sit Down, Sad Soul , Barry Cornwall
  15. 15. Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey , William Morris
  16. 16. With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb's.. , William Wordsworth
  17. 17. Sad Is Stupid , Alison Cassidy
  18. 18. Close Those Sad Sad Eyes , Beautiful Grim
  19. 19. To The Sad Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  20. 20. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
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  23. 23. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  24. 24. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
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  26. 26. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  27. 27. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
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  29. 29. Sonnet Xxxi: With How Sad Steps, O Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  30. 30. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  31. 31. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  32. 32. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
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  34. 34. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  35. 35. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  36. 36. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  37. 37. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  38. 38. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  39. 39. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
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  42. 42. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
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  44. 44. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  45. 45. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  46. 46. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  47. 47. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
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  50. 50. Sad Love Song , Nichita Stanescu
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