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When I set out to sea ???
Posted by: mrsdwight (---.tnt1.new-port-richey.fl.da.uu.net)
Date: July 07, 2003 11:14PM

My Grandfather just passed away. And my Grandmother has ask me to find an poem for her. For her funeral. She says that it starts out "When I set out to sea, ". And she thinks that it is Tennyson. But I have not been able to find it. Can someone please help me. She would be so happy to know that I have it ready for her. Thanks in advance.


Re: When I set out to sea ???
Posted by: Chesil (---.client.attbi.com)
Date: July 08, 2003 12:57AM

I think she may mean this:

Crossing the Bar

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 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 crost the bar.


Re: When I set out to sea ???
Posted by: Wifflesnook (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: July 11, 2003 02:43AM

It is called 'Crossing the Bar' and is, as your grandmother surmised, by Tennyson. The first stanza reads:

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,

You should be able to find the full poem on Google or in a good anthology.

Pete Crowther




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