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" ULYSSES. IT little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Matched with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. "
Gibson's London matriculation guide, by J. Gibson [and others]. - Page 14
1882
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Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Cornelia D. J. Pearsall - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 408 pages
...untenable. The life to which Ulysses has made his difficult return prompts his opening observation: It little profits that an idle king, By this still...That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. (1—5) The speaker's adjectives would appear to bear the burden of his disaffection: he is "idle,"...
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