All Things Will Die Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

All Things Will Die

Rating: 3.2

All Things will Die

Clearly the blue river chimes in its flowing

Under my eye;
Warmly and broadly the south winds are blowing

Over the sky.
One after another the white clouds are fleeting;
Every heart this May morning in joyance is beating

Full merrily;
Yet all things must die.
The stream will cease to flow;
The wind will cease to blow;
The clouds will cease to fleet;
The heart will cease to beat;
For all things must die.
All things must die.
Spring will come never more.
O, vanity!
Death waits at the door.
See! our friends are all forsaking
The wine and the merrymaking.
We are call’d–we must go.
Laid low, very low,
In the dark we must lie.
The merry glees are still;
The voice of the bird
Shall no more be heard,
Nor the wind on the hill.
O, misery!
Hark! death is calling
While I speak to ye,
The jaw is falling,
The red cheek paling,
The strong limbs failing;
Ice with the warm blood mixing;
The eyeballs fixing.
Nine times goes the passing bell:
Ye merry souls, farewell.
The old earth
Had a birth,
As all men know,
Long ago.
And the old earth must die.
So let the warm winds range,
And the blue wave beat the shore;
For even and morn
Ye will never see
Thro’ eternity.
All things were born.
Ye will come never more,
For all things must die.

Paul Turner 07 October 2014

Yes all things must die. The question is do You know where you are going After you die? The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4 exactly what YOU must believe to be saved (and go to heaven when you die) YOU must believe that Jesus died on the cross for YOU'RE sins, and that he was buried, and that he rose from the dead. That's it. YOU don't have to do anything except believe (Ephesians 2: 8-9) Please except this FREE GIFT before it's too late

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Musfiq Us Shaleheen 02 December 2012

but two things are still remain untouched your love and your soul.............

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Shahzia Batool 01 December 2012

O, vanity! Death waits at the door. See! our friends are all forsaking The wine and the merrymaking. We are call’d–we must go............

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Meshack Bankole 01 December 2013

“For even & morn Ye shall not see thro eternity! ! “ The attitude of Tennyson in this poem is solemn & the image transmit the inevitable truth that all shall die. Nice one(Y)

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Sandra Feldman 01 December 2013

The form is terribly modern and free for the time. The content is terribly sad but realistic and thoughtfully expressed. Q25uite an amazing poem encompassing so many aspects of Death

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Mahlubandile Phillips 23 July 2023

Nothing last forever

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Alfie 06 February 2019


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I am programmed to love this poem read by a robotic voice

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akshay prajapati 01 October 2018

East and West Tennyson is the best as a bard .

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Grognak 14 August 2018

Not one of his best...

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