And Let Thy Feet Millenniums Hence

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Google’s superb doodle of the day depicts the Great Court of the British Museum, a wonderful institution and national gem that I always love to visit.

Today I am reminded of the inscription on the floor of that great court, opened in the year 2000, taken from Tennyson’s poem “The Two Voices”:

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The stanza in full:

Forerun thy peers, thy time, and let
  Thy feet, millenniums hence, be set
  In midst of knowledge, dream'd not yet.

 

The full text of the excellent, autobiographical poem (begun as far back as 1833 though not published until 1842) is available here.

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