Susan Shatto and Marion Shaw (eds), Tennyson: In Memoriam
- 1I envy not in any moods
- Editor’s Note2 The captive void of noble rage,
- Critical Apparatus3 The linnet born within the cage,
- Critical Apparatus4That never knew the summer woods:
- pg 59Editor’s Note5I envy not the beast that takes
- Critical Apparatus6 His license in the field of time,
- Critical Apparatus7 Unfetter'd by the sense of crime,
- 8To whom a conscience never wakes;
- Critical Apparatus9Nor, what may count itself as blest,
- Critical Apparatus10 The heart that never plighted troth
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus11 But stagnates in the weeds of sloth;
- Editor’s Note12Nor any want-begotten rest.
T. elsewhere associates sexual licence, the absence of a spiritual nature, and pleasure in the present moment; cf. 35.21–4, and also:
God might have made me a beast; but He thought good to give me power, to set Good and Evil before me that I might shape my own path. The happiness, resulting from this power well exercised, must in the end exceed the mere physical happiness of breathing, eating, and sleeping like an ox. (Memoir, I 170)
- The vast leviathan, which takes
- His pastime in the sounding floods.
- ('Love' ('Almighty Love'), 27–8)
- Where wert thou when thy father played
- In his free field, and pastime made.
- ('The Two Voices', 319–20)
- Why took ye not your pastime? To that man
- My work shall answer, since I knew the right
- Arid did it.
- ('Love and Duty', 28–30)
- And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed
- That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf,
- Wouldst thou not stir in this.
- I will never drift
- Before the varying gale in aimless sloth
- Of purpose, like a battered wreck.