Littell's Living Age/Volume 134/Issue 1726/To Victor Hugo

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Littell's Living Age by Alfred Tennyson
Volume 134, Issue 1726 : To Victor Hugo

Victor in poesy, Victor in romance,
Cloud-weaver of phantasmal hopes and fears,
French of the French, and lord of human tears;
Child-lover; bard whose fame-lit laurels glance
Darkening the wreaths of all that would advance,
Beyond our strait, their claim to be thy peers;
Weird Titan by thy winter weight of years
As yet unbroken, stormy voice of France!
Who dost not love our England — so they say;
I know not — England, France, all man to be
Will make one people ere man’s race be run:
And I, desiring that diviner day,
Yield thee full thanks for thy full courtesy
To younger England in the boy my son.

[note: in 1880, Tennyson rewrote the first line to read: "Victor in drama, Victor in romance,"]