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Tennyson's Break, Break, Break restoration by AdamCuerden Tennyson's Break, Break, Break restoration by AdamCuerden
This is a restoration by me of an out-of copyright illustration by W.E.F. Britten to Tennyson's Break, Break, Break. I actually quite like this poem, even if a couple lines scan a little awkwardly (particularly the third). It sets a mood, has a good voice, and is no longer than it needs to be. Restoration was annoying, though.

Also, for those who missed the description from before - this is a photogravure, and, by their nature, photogravures (at least of this period) tend to be a bit darker than the paper outside them. So, yes, this is how it should look. =)

Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

O, well for the fisherman's boy,
That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
That he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break,
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me.

Image is by W.E.F. Britten (1848-1916), source is The Early Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Edited with a Critical Introduction, Commentaries and Notes, together with the Various Readings, a Transcript of the Poems Temporarily and Finally Suppressed and a Bibliography by John Churton Collins. With ten illustrations in Photogravure by W. E. F. Britten. Methuen & Co. 36 Essex Street W. C. London, 1901

For more about this set, see:

Unfortunately, I no longer have access to the book, so some annoying scanner artefacts had to be carefully fixed by hand.

You'll probably notice (well, probably not; few actually download my stuff) that the full-sized download's only really useful for printing; W.E.F. Britten was part of the Arts and Crafts movement - the same movement as William Morris, of Morris wallpapers fame. As such, things tend to be a little impressionistic, and zooming in doesn't reveal much additional detail, beyond showing some aspects of the drawing that made it up.

Oh, also, given I have a few half-done things already - there's a reason this set is coming out fairly quickly despite the restorations being a bit slow - this marks the half-point of the set.
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