Crossing the Bar

Original Text: 
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Demeter and other poems (London: Macmillan, 1889). tenn/T366/D363/1889 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
2    And one clear call for me!
3And may there be no moaning of the bar,
4    When I put out to sea,
5  But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
6    Too full for sound and foam,
7When that which drew from out the boundless deep
8    Turns again home.
9  Twilight and evening bell,
10    And after that the dark!
11And may there be no sadness of farewell,
12    When I embark;
13  For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
14    The flood may bear me far,
15I hope to see my Pilot face to face
16    When I have crost the bar.


1] Hallam Tennyson writes (Memoir, II, 367) that not long before his death, Tennyson asked that this lyric be placed at the end of all editions of his poems. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
J. D. Robins
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2RP 2.414.