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TO THE MASTER OF BALLIOL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear master in our classic town
Last Line: Stark and dark in his funeral fire.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Subject(s): Oxford University


DEAR Master in our classic town,
You, loved by all the younger gown
There at Balliol,
Lay your Plato for one minute down,


And read a Grecian tale re-told,
Which, cast in later Grecian mould,
Quintus Calaber
Somewhat lazily handled of old;


And on this white midwinter day --
For have the far-off hymns of May,
All her melodies,
All her harmonies echo'd away? --


To-day, before you turn again
To thoughts that lift the soul of men,
Hear my cataract's
Downward thunder in hollow and glen,


Till, led by dream and vague desire,
The woman, gliding toward the pyre,
Find her warrior
Stark and dark in his funeral fire.

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