Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Tennyson married Emily Sellwood who lived at Pibworth. It is thought that the yew referred to in this part of the poem was inspired by the one in Aldworth churchyard. Sadly in 1976 'who changest not in any gale' proved untrue, and most of the tree was destroyed. It is however still alive more than 25 years later.

In Memoriam (i)

Old Yew, which graspeth at the stones
That name the under-lying dead,
Thy fibres net the dreamless head,
Thy roots are wrapt about the bones.

The seasons bring the flower again,
And bring the firstling to the flock;
And in the dusk of thee, the clock
Beats out the little lives of men.

O not for thee the glow, the bloom,
Who changest not in any gale,
Nor branding summer suns avail
To touch thy thousand years of gloom:

And gazing on thee, sullen tree,
Sick for thy stubborn hardihood,
I seem to fail from out my blood
And grow incorporate into thee.

-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)