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Crossing The Bar Poem

By Alfred Lord Tennyson

‘Crossing the Bar’ is about death. The narrator states twice that they don’t want people to moan or be sorrowful about their situation. The poem uses the metaphor of a voyage at sea to describe the journey from life to death.

Crossing The Bar Poem Lyrics

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 cross’d the bar.

Poem TitleCrossing The Bar Poem
Poem Writer / AuthorAlfred Lord Tennyson
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