Alfred Tennyson: “Ulysses” (1842)

Alfred Tennyson, (1809 –1892)

A great English poet. Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during Queen Victoria’s reign.

“To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.”

From  the poem “Ulysses” :

“….
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life! Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains; but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
….”

Credit and source:

The full poem can be read at:
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/ulysses
This poem is in the public domain.
Date Published: 1842