The Remains of Lord Tennyson in St. Faith's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, The Night Before the Funeral
15 October 1892, page 473
9.5 inches high by 6 inches wide
The plate is surrounded by an account of the Poet Laureate's death on 6 October and funeral in Westminster Abbey a week later, taken from the Pall Mall Gazette (see below).
In the little nook where sleep Chaucer, Spenser, Dryden, and Browning were loosely grouped some of the famous men of England, some of them bearing names — Coleridge, Dickens, Wordsworth — more famous still. Mr. Irving stood close to the pall, and the Speaker was very near him. The service concluded with Heber's spirited but perhaps a little unsuitable hymn, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!" and then the great congregation, filling every corner of the vast Abbey, broke into knots, and slowly, and with many lingering looks at the open grave, with its masses of memorial flowers [including two inscribed in the Queen's hand], dispersed, Dr. Bridge playing the Dead March in "Saul," with fine, though always restrained effect.
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