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POEMS.

PO E MS.

BY

ALFRED TENNYSON, D.C.L.,

POET LAUREATE.

ELEVENTH EDITION.

LONDON:
EDWARD MOXON, DOVER STREET.

1856.

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TO THE QUEEN.

REVERED, beloved-O you that hold

A nobler office upon earth

Than arms, or power of brain, or birth Could give the warrior kings of old,

Victoria,-since your Royal grace

To one of less desert allows

This laurel greener from the brows Of him that utter'd nothing base;

And should your greatness, and the care

That yokes with empire, yield you time

To make demand of modern rhyme If aught of ancient worth be there ;

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