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In Memoriam A.H.H. Canto 62

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Canto 62

Lines 1173-1184

Tho' if an eye that's downward cast
   Could make thee somewhat blench or fail,
   Then be my love an idle tale,
And fading legend of the past;

And thou, as one that once declined,
   When he was little more than boy,
   On some unworthy heart with joy,
But lives to wed an equal mind;

And breathes a novel world, the while
   His other passion wholly dies,
   Or in the light of deeper eyes
Is matter for a flying smile.

  • The first stanza here is basically saying: "Dude. If my acting all emo down here seems to you like a total fail, then just go on. Forget about me."
  • Eventually, the two will be reunited again like two people of equal minds getting married, with one previously refusing to marry someone unworthy.
  •, were these guys just friends? Really—what's up with this?
  • Let's read on…