Quotation by Alfred Tennyson

they smile in secret, looking over wasted lands,
Blight and famine, plague and earthquake, roaring deeps and fiery sands,
Clanging fights, and flaming towns, and sinking ships, and praying hands.
Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), British poet. The Lotus-Eaters (l. 159–161). . .

Tennyson; a Selected Edition. Christopher Ricks, ed. (1989) University of California Press.
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