by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892)

It chanced the song that Enid sang was...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): DUT FRI
[It chanced the song that Enid sang was one
Of Fortune and her wheel, and Enid sang:]1

'Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel and lower the proud;
Turn thy wild wheel through sunshine, storm, and cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.

'Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel with smile or frown;
With that wild wheel we go not up or down;
Our hoard is little, but our hearts are great.

'Smile and we smile, the lords of many lands;
Frown and we smile, the lords of our own hands;
For man is man and master of his fate.

'Turn, turn thy wheel above the staring crowd;
Thy wheel and thou are shadows in the cloud;
Thy wheel and thee we neither love nor hate.'

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRI Frisian (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2010-04-21 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:39
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