Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I Envy Not In Any Moods

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

I envy not in any moods
The captive void of noble rage,
The linnet born within the cage,
That never knew the summer woods:

I envy not the beast that takes
His license is the field of time,
Unfetter'd by a sense of crime,
To whom a conscience never wakes;

Nor, what may count itself as blest,
The heart that never plighted troth
But stagnates in the weeds of sloth,
Nor any want-begotten rest.

I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

2 comments:

dan1968 said...

from Immortal Poems of the English Language

laura said...

until this moment, I never knew where that saying came from. this is a beautiful poem.