From 'In Memoriam' by TennysonI find these stanzas by Tennyson after the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, very moving. As, I think, anyone bereaved would.
FROM IN MEMORIAM
If one should bring me this report,
That thou hadst touch'd the land today,
And I went down unto the quay,
And found thee lying in the port;
And standing, muffled round with woe,
Should see thy passengers in rank
Come stepping lightly down the plank,
And beckoning unto those they know.
And if along with these should come
The man I held as half-divine;
Should strike a sudden hand in mine,
And ask a thousand things of home;
And I should tell him all my pain,
And how my life had droop'd of late,
And he should sorrow o'er my state
And marvel what possessed my brain;
And I perceived no touch of change,
No hint of death in all his frame,
But found him all in all the same,
I should not feel it to be strange.