Nothing Will Die


Nothing Will Die was an early work published in Tennyson's first book for poems called Poems (chiefly lyrical) in 1830. Feeling less optimistic? Try Tennyson's companion poem, All Things Will Die
John Constable, Extensive Landscape with Clouds
When will the stream be aweary of flowing
Under my eye?
When will the wind be aweary of blowing
Over the sky?

When will the clouds be aweary of fleeting?
When will the heart be aweary of beating?
And nature die?
Never, O, never, nothing will die;

The stream flows,
The wind blows,
The cloud fleets,
The heart beats,
Nothing will die.

Nothing will die;
All things will change
Thro’ eternity.
’Tis the world’s winter;
Autumn and summer
Are gone long ago;
Earth is dry to the centre,
But spring, a new comer,
A spring rich and strange,
Shall make the winds blow
Round and round,
Thro’ and thro’,
Here and there,
Till the air
And the ground
Shall be fill’d with life anew.

The world was never made;
It will change, but it will not fade.
So let the wind range;
For even and morn
Ever will be
Thro’ eternity.
Nothing was born;
Nothing will die;
All things will change. 

Nothing Will Die was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Tue, Aug 06, 2019

This poem is featured in our selection of 100 Great Poems and Poetry for Students.


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