Sir Galahad, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (partial)

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    As the poem continues, Galahad is able to experience a vision that is preceded by a sound:[2]

    When down the stormy crescent goes,
    A light before me swims,
    Between dark stems the forest glows,
    I hear a noise of hymns:
    Then by some secret shrine I ride;
    I hear a voice but none are there; (lines 25–30)

    This vision includes three angels with the Holy Grail:[6]

    Three angels bear the holy Grail:
    With folded feet, in stoles of white,
    On sleeping wings they sail.
    Ah, blessed vision! blood of God!
    My spirit beats her mortal bars,
    As down dark tides the glory slides,
    And star-like mingles with the stars. (lines 42–48)

    Galahad continues by comparing the vision to light clothed in drapery:[6]

    A maiden knight-to me is given
    Such hope, I know not fear;
    I yearn to breathe the airs of heaven
    That often meet me here.
    I muse on joy that will not cease,
    Pure spaces clothed in living beams,
    Pure lilies of eternal peace,
    Whose odours haunt my dreams; (lines 61–68) SirGalahad3.jpg
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