Study Guide

In Memoriam A.H.H. Canto 126

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Canto 126

Lines 2657-2668

Love is and was my Lord and King,
   And in his presence I attend
   To hear the tidings of my friend,
Which every hour his couriers bring.

Love is and was my King and Lord,
   And will be, tho' as yet I keep
   Within his court on earth, and sleep
Encompass'd by his faithful guard,

And hear at times a sentinel
   Who moves about from place to place,
   And whispers to the worlds of space,
In the deep night, that all is well.

  • Love (now the emotion personified, and not his bestie) rules over Tennyson. Through Love, he will hear his friend.
  • And remember who else is associated with Love in the poem? That's right—it's the Big Guy himself: Jesus. ("Lord" is the big tip-off here.)
  • Here, Love works on two levels. It refers to both Arthur as well as the eternal love of Jesus and Christianity.
  • Tennyson is reassured by love that everything is going to be all right.
  • He's also reassured by his faith (Love = Jesus) that it will all end well, and with a bigger plan.