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"Strong Son Of God, Immortal Love"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This long poem is in tribute to Tennyson's close friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, who died in 1833 at the age of twenty-two. Tennyson wrote for the poem a prologue, addressed to Christ, in which he confesses that he, like all men, is often foolishly irresponsible and irreverent. He asks forgiveness for the confusions, doubts, and lack of faith he has been guilty of, and for the excess grief he has felt at the loss of his friend; this grief, he implies, is the sin of revering the creature more than the Creator. He asks for the blessing of stronger faith, confident that in God there is for man an ever-abundant fund of grace and forgiveness and love which was manifested in the person of Christ.

Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove . . .