James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

October 6

Crossing the Bar

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, died October 6, 1892.

  • 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 or 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 though 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 crossed the bar.