Tis not too late to seek a better world

  • for choir SATB and piano

  • Duration 5' 15"


by Tennyson


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from "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) - words in brackets [ ] not set to music

Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
[Push off], and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and [the baths
Of] all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.