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IN MEMORIAM A.H.H.: 2, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: Old yew, which graspest at the stones
Last Line: And grow incorporate into thee.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Variant Title(s): The Dead Friend;in Memoriam;in Memoriam (1);in Memoriam: 2
Subject(s): Environment; Mourning; Trees; Yew Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Bereavement

Old yew, which graspest at the stones
That name the underlying dead,
Thy fibres net the dreamless head,
Thy roots are wrapt about the bones.

The seasons bring the flower again,
And bring the firstling to the flock;
And in the dusk of thee the clock
Beats out the little lives of men.

O, not for thee the glow, the bloom,
Who changest not in any gale,
Nor branding summer suns avail
To touch thy thousand years of gloom;

And gazing on thee, sullen tree,
Sick for thy stubborn hardihood,
I seem to fail from out my blood
And grow incorporate into thee.

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