"And dark and true and tender is the North"
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), was Poet Laureate during the 19th century. The line quoted in The Far Pavilions is taken from his poem "O Swallow, Swallow":
"O tell her, Swallow, thou that knowest each, That bright and fierce and fickle is the South, And dark and true and tender is the North."
Read Tennyson's poems online here: