LibriVox volunteers bring you 10 recordings of To…As when with downcast eyes by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). This was the Weekly Poetry project for August 15th – August 22nd, 2010.
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To…As when with downcast eyes
As when with downcast eyes we muse and brood,
And ebb into a former life, or seem
To lapse far back in some confused dream
To states of mystical similitude;
If one but speaks or hems or stirs his chair,
Ever the wonder waxeth more and more,
So that we say, “All this hath been before,
All this hath been, I know not when or where”.
So, friend, when first I look’d upon your face,
Our thought gave answer each to each, so true—
Opposed mirrors each reflecting each—
Altho’ I knew not in what time or place,
Methought that I had often met with you,
And each had lived in the other’s mind and speech.
This week’s poem can be found here.