Oh, wast thou with me, dearest, then,
While I rose up against my doom,
And yearn'd to burst the folded gloom,
To bare the eternal Heavens again,
To feel once more, in placid awe,
The strong imagination roll
A sphere of stars about my soul,
In all her motion one with law;
If thou wert with me, and the grave
Divide us not, be with me now,
And enter in at breast and brow,
Till all my blood, a fuller wave,
Be quicken'd with a livelier breath,
And like an inconsiderate boy,
As in the former flash of joy,
I slip the thoughts of life and death;
And all the breeze of Fancy blows,
And every dew-drop paints a bow,
The wizard lightnings deeply glow,
And every thought breaks out a rose.
- The speaker is becoming ever more optimistic. He wonders if Arthur's spirit was with him when he started to have this change of heart.
- He may be talking about that moment in Canto 95 when his spirit joined with Arthur's in that mystical moment of spiritual communion. The "flash" in the second-to-last stanza strongly points us in that direction, doesn't it?
- He's asking Arthur to be with him once again and to be livelier, since now Tennyson is casting off his mournful thoughts.
- The rose in the final line confirms that his grief is going away and that he's interested in life once again.