"I Hope To See My Pilot Face To Face When I Have Crossed The Bar"

Context: The religious faith expressed in this poem is extremely strong. The poet, comparing his dying to the departure of a ship on a voyage into unknown seas, feels no fear and no reluctance at the prospect of leaving life; he has completely surrendered his will to the force which will carry him away. He knows that his soul may be taken far from all he has ever known, but trusts that he will, at last, see the God whose nature and will he has been able only to infer while on earth.

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.