In Memoriam, [To Sleep I give my powers away]

Lord Alfred Tennyson

To Sleep I give my powers away;
    My will is bondsman to the dark;
    I sit within a helmless bark,
And with my heart I muse and say:
O heart, how fares it with thee now,
    That thou should fail from thy desire,
    Who scarcely darest to inquire,
"What is it makes me beat so low?"
Something it is which thou hast lost,
    Some pleasure from thine early years.
    Break thou deep vase of chilling tears,
That grief hath shaken into frost!
Such clouds of nameless trouble cross
    All night below the darkened eyes;
    With morning wakes the will, and cries,
"Thou shalt not be the fool of loss."

Poems by This Author

In Memoriam, Epilogue, [O true and tried, so well and long] by Lord Alfred Tennyson
O true and tried, so well and long
In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells] by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky
Break, Break, Break by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Break, break, break
Crossing the Bar by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Sunset and evening star
from The Princess [Sweet and low, sweet and low] by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Sweet and low, sweet and low,
Tears, Idle Tears by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Half a league, half a league
The Eagle by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands
The Hesperides by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The North-wind fall'n, in the new starréd night
The Kraken by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Below the thunders of the upper deep
The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson
On either side the river lie
The Splendor Falls by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The splendor falls on castle walls
Tithonus by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The woods decay, the woods decay and fall
Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson
It little profits that an idle king,

Further Reading

Poems About Funerals
A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London
by Dylan Thomas
Age and Death
by Emma Lazarus
Because I could not stop for Death (712)
by Emily Dickinson
Bomb Crater Sky
by Lam Thi My Da
By ways remote and distant waters sped (101)
by Gaius Valerius Catullus
Driven across many nations (101)
by Gaius Valerius Catullus
For the Union Dead
by Robert Lowell
Fugue of Death
by Paul Celan
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae
Night Funeral in Harlem
by Langston Hughes
O Captain! My Captain!
by Walt Whitman
by May Swenson
Song ["When I am dead, my dearest"]
by Christina Rossetti
by Sharon Olds
The Earth Opens and Welcomes You
by Abdellatif Laâbi
The World as Seen Through a Glass of Ice Water
by Dobby Gibson
Untitled [This is what was bequeathed us]
by Gregory Orr
What Came to Me
by Jane Kenyon