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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.
  • Hmm...so, were these guys just friends? Really—what's up with this?
  • Let's read on…