Study Guide

In Memoriam A.H.H. Canto 65

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Canto 65

Lines 1225-1236

Sweet soul, do with me as thou wilt;
   I lull a fancy trouble-tost
   With "Love's too precious to be lost,
A little grain shall not be spilt."

And in that solace can I sing,
   Till out of painful phases wrought
   There flutters up a happy thought,
Self-balanced on a lightsome wing:

Since we deserved the name of friends,
   And thine effect so lives in me,
   A part of mine may live in thee
And move thee on to noble ends.

  • The speaker tells Arthur's spirit (the "sweet soul") to do with him what he will, and that his imagination is being affected by his sadness.
  • Love, he concludes, is too great for Arthur to forget about him. This seems to comfort Tennyson, who claims that from this comfort he will "sing," or write his poem.
  • In fact, this poem will be the way that Arthur's memory will live on through Tennyson.