Alfred, Lord Tennyson – "When on my bed the moonlight falls" ("In Memoriam A.H.H.," LXVII)


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When on my bed the moonlight falls,
I know that in thy place of rest

By that broad water of the west,
There comes a glory on the walls;

Thy marble bright in dark appears,
As slowly steals a silver flame
Along the letters of thy name,
And o'er the number of thy years.

The mystic glory swims away;
From off my bed the moonlight dies;
And closing eaves of wearied eyes
I sleep till dusk is dipt in gray;

And then I know the mist is drawn
A lucid veil from coast to coast,

And in the dark church like a ghost
Thy tablet glimmers to the dawn.

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