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In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 27
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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 in the field of time,
Unfetter’d by the 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.

(Diterjemahkan oleh Shiny.ane el’poesya)


In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 27

Aku tidak iri pada suasana hati apapun
Kehampaan tawanan dari sesuatu yang mulia,
Burung linnet yang lahir di dalam sangkar
yang tidak pernah tahu hutan musim panas:

Aku tidak iri pada binatang yang mengambil
Kebebasannya dalam waktu,
Tidak terkekang oleh rasa kejahatan,
Kepada siapapun kesadaran tidak pernah terbangun;

Juga, apa yang dapat dianggap sebagai berkah,
Hati yang tidak pernah memperdulikan kebenaran
Tapi mandek di rerumputan kemalasan;
Juga tidak ada istirahat yang diinginkan.

Aku menganggapnya benar, apapun yang menimpa;
Aku merasakannya, ketika di titik paling sedih;
Lebih baik mencintai dan kehilangan
daripada tidak pernah mencintai sama sekali.


Alfred Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892), was an English poet. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. In 1829, Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal at Cambridge for one of his first pieces, “Timbuktu”. He published his first solo collection of poems, Poems Chiefly Lyrical, in 1830. “Claribel” and “Mariana”, which remain some of Tennyson’s most celebrated poems, were included in this volume. Although described by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Tennyson’s early poetry, with its medievalism and powerful visual imagery, was a major influence on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.


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