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A sailor’s farewell poem: Crossing the Bar

If you are looking for words or verse for ash scattering ceremony fit for an old sailor, then you could worse than consider the classic poem Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Crossing the Bar


Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,
   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.
   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;
   For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.
To a arrange a committal service by the Royal Navy – Royal Navy Committal

2 thoughts on “A sailor’s farewell poem: Crossing the Bar

  1. Reply
    PAMELA WILLIS - 10th October 2021

    I would like to have my dear late husband ashes committed to the sea, what do I do next Pam Willis

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 11th October 2021

      Hi Pamela

      These are the boats available
      This is general advice water ceremonies
      This is if you want to use the Royal Navy’s service

      Kind regards

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