"the mildest and most detached of the Etonians sang: 'Home they brought her warrior dead' to his own accompaniment on the harmonium"
Tennyson by Millais
Public DomainTennyson by Millais - Credit: John Everett Millais (1829-1896)

Home they brought her warrior dead is part of a very lengthy poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, entitled The Princess: A Medley.

The poem (whose theme is the education of women) consists of a Prologue, 7 cantos and a conclusion. Home they brought her warrior dead is the first line of a section which stands alone at the end of the fifth canto; Gustav Holst arranged a musical setting for it in 1905.


Creative Commons AttributionHarmonium - Credit: Joan, Wikimedia Commons

Home they brought her warrior dead:
She nor swooned, nor uttered cry:
All her maidens, watching said,
'She must weep or she will die'.

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A harmonium is a type of keyboard instrument.