# 'The Brook' by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

...................................................$\large The Brook$.....................................................

I come from haunts of coot and hern,

I make a sudden sally

And sparkle out among the fern,

To bicker down a valley.

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By thirty hills I hurry down,

Or slip between the ridges,

By twenty thorpes, a little town,

And half a hundred bridges.

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Till last by Philip's farm I flow

To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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I chatter over stony ways,

In little sharps and trebles,

I bubble into eddying bays,

I babble on the pebbles.

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With many a curve my banks I fret

By many a field and fallow,

And many a fairy fore-land set

With willow-weed and mallow.

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I chatter, chatter, as I flow

To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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I wind about, and in and out,

With here a blossom sailing,

And here and there a lusty trout,

And here and there a grayling,

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And here and there a foamy flake

Upon me, as I travel

With many a silvery waterbreak

Above the golden gravel,

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And draw them all along, and flow

To join the brimming river

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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I steal by lawns and grassy plots,

I slide by hazel covers;

I move the sweet forget-me-nots

That grow for happy lovers.

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I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,

Among my skimming swallows;

I make the netted sunbeam dance

Against my sandy shallows.

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I murmur under moon and stars

In brambly wildernesses;

I linger by my shingly bars;

I loiter round my cresses;

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And out again I curve and flow

To join the brimming river,

For men may come and men may go,

But I go on for ever.

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Alfred Lord Tennyson

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5 years, 11 months ago

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I too love this poem you must be in 9th grade isn't it?

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, I am Indeed!

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Now that when you go to 10th grade, I bet you'll love Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. ;)

- 5 years, 11 months ago

I too liked it. I just gave Class 10 board exam...

- 5 years, 11 months ago

How was it? I too gave it!

- 5 years, 11 months ago

But the bad part in it is that we are only given two parts but the whole poem is in seven parts I too loved it .(Rime of the ancient Mariner)

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Well you might want to listen to Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7zk4as9kzA) ;)

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes because this poem is included in the syllabus and I think your exam must be over by now .

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Just on left now! Abhishek, are you in class 11 or 12 (or between them) ?

- 5 years, 11 months ago

- 5 years, 11 months ago

yes

- 5 years, 11 months ago

The best pat is -"For men may come and men may go, But I go on for ever."

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes, is is the tagline of the poem.

- 5 years, 11 months ago

These are the most famous lines of of A.L.Tennyson

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Try this one !

Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed--and gazed--but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.

                   William Wordsworth


- 5 years, 11 months ago

We had this poem in the 9th standard!!

- 5 years, 11 months ago

My Personal Favourite was 'If' by Rudyard Kipling. Its a really inspiring and motivating poem

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;

If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue

' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,

if neither* foes nor loving friends can hurt you,*

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Wow I love it

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Were u in icse 10th standard????We had this poem...

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes...and i'm still in ISC

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Does ICSE also follow NCERT books ?? If no, can I find them online?

- 5 years, 10 months ago

Well...I shifted to HSC....(no good ISC school close to my place) Satvik, While I was in ICSE , they didn't follow NCERT.....I am not sure about ISC...

- 5 years, 10 months ago

no they don't follow NCERT books

- 5 years, 10 months ago

This poem is based on the journey of life... it is a metaphor and a beautiful explanation of hope, helping and kindness... Like the brook, our life also starts from small places and our journey begins with ups and downs... We help many people in our life like the brook and few appreciate us and few don't. In the end its all the same fate for everybody, We go join the ocean... (hope this helps)

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Yep! That's exactly what my teacher taught me.

- 5 years, 11 months ago

I remember all these words and the expression of my teacher !!!!!1

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Do listen to Bob Dylan's "Blowing In The Wind".....Its a song, but we had it as a poem in 7th or 8th standard i think....Its amazing....

- 5 years, 11 months ago

this is very nice lovely I like to sing this poem

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Nice one..........!

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Hi Prasad.......are you the famous actor of India.....I remember his face.....

- 5 years, 11 months ago

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Brings back memories. Read it nearly 4 years ago. Thanks for posting

- 5 years, 11 months ago

Guys, the reshare and like buttons are there to press!!!

- 5 years, 11 months ago

"For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever." is my favourite line.

- 5 years, 11 months ago

it is in grade 7, we r reading it, got a A- in the test,...........

- 5 years, 3 months ago