"And dark and true and tender is the North"

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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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:

http://home.att.net/~TennysonPoetry/