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The Eagle(1851)

Alfred Lord Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
MeterHe clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
MeterClose to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
MeterRinged with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
MeterThe wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
MeterHe watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
MeterAnd like a thunderbolt he falls.

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