Poem Of The Day: "Crossing the Bar," by Lord Alfred 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 crossed the bar.

- "Crossing the Bar," by Lord Alfred Tennyson

Submitted by Bryce Perica:

I first came across this poem in one of many literature surveys I took in college. I was an English Major. I read a lot of poems, but I always seemed to come back to this poem. For me, this poem beautifully combines faith in the afterlife with a little doubt--something we all struggle with but don't share that often. In the end, I think most of us would enjoy seeing a "Pilot" face to face, regardless of the beliefs we kept here on Earth. We all go back to the "boundless deep". I would like to arrive there with the same hope Tennyson speaks of.


  1. I love Tennyson. I have an old hard bound volume on my shelf that is falling apart at the seems. His poem, The Last Quarrel, is still one of my favorites.

  2. err... The First Quarrel... though, I suppose, technically it was the last...

  3. This is one of my favorite poems, too. It's such a wonderful way of thinking about life after death. I'm glad you guys posted it!

  4. is it alfred lord tennyson? lord alfred tennyson? i always thought it was alfred lloyd tennyson.

    my whole world is in flux!

  5. I could be wrong - somebody correct me if I am - but I think there are two ways of saying it: Lord Alfred Tennyson; or Alfred, Lord Tennyson.


  6. I think John is right. His name is Alfred Tennyson. His title (which can go before his first name or before his family name) is lord.

    I think he became a lord when he was named poet laurate in 1850. Up to that point his works were by Alfred Tennyson.

  7. Yes. There are two ways to say his name.

  8. i read this poem at my grandads funeral and i love it so much