Crossing the Bar by Tennyson


Today we were on our way to brunch and had an impromptu worship service.  We were listening to NPR & Garrison Keillor’s show was on.  It ended with this beautiful song with words that Tim recognized as Tennyson’s Crossing the Bar.  It was so moving & lovely.  Singing it was the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.  You can find it on you tube here.

Here are the words to this beautiful poem.  I found them here.

Crossing the Bar by 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 though from out our bourn 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.

5 Responses to “Crossing the Bar by Tennyson”

  1. kvennarad Says:

    It’s the kind of gentle Americana that Garrison Keillor celebrates. I found a YouTube clip of it with GK himself doing his typical, almost apologetic bass line.

    Marie Marshall

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I can remember my grandmother singing this. I think it sticks in my mind partly because she was from Sweden and sang more in Swedish than English.

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