Crossing the Bar

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892) was an English poet who worked during the Victorian era and was the Poet Laureate of England for the majority of Queen Victoria’s tenure. Reflective of his lifelong battle with depression, his work often explored sadness, grief, and, melancholia.