English, Department of

 

Authors

Kathleen Adams

Date of this Version

2002

Document Type

Article

Citation

The George Eliot Review 33 (2002) Published by The George Eliot Fellowship, http://georgeeliot.org/

Comments

The George Eliot Review 2019 (33)

Abstract

At the funeral of the Queen Mother in Westminster Abbey on 9 April 2002 the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered the sermon and, in describing her life, used these words - 'There was about her, in George Eliot's lovely phrase, "the sweet presence of a good diffused"‘.

These words are taken from the last part of George Eliot's poem, 'O May I Join the Choir Invisible', in which she describes her own feelings on immortality:

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