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Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
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Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

This poem is in the public domain.

 


 

This beautiful poem is probably one of the world's best known and best loved, but the identity of the author remains unconfirmed. There are several variations in print, but the version that appears here was published in The Gypsy magazine in 1934 with the byline of Clare Harner of Topeka, Kansas. The poem has also been attributed to Mary Elizabeth Clark Frye, a Baltimore housewife; Stephen Cummins, a British soldier; J.T. Wiggins, an Englishman who migrated to America; and Marianne Reinhardt (no information found). It's also been alleged as a Navajo burial prayer. Sadly, we may never know who gets the credit for these comforting words.


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jmilnthorp:
Here is the most amazing musical setting by composer Howard Goodall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iv4r8k-GxU&list=PLj6vtEldaWiR1k9jw6o5envIz9qz-Q_lz&index=5
Posted 04/27/2022 10:53 AM
Ndufresne:
I love this poem. Rest In Peace Guy Worth. -Nate Dufresne
Posted 04/26/2022 01:01 PM
Sergeal:
Te amo mam. Yo se que estas conmigo.
Posted 04/18/2022 11:58 PM
therd3:
My mother is on hospice and I was cleaning out her non useful purse and found this poem and it brought tears to my eyes. Knowing that my mother is going to pass soon we will recite this when she does pass. George her caring Son. Such a Great Loving person!
Posted 03/05/2022 11:48 AM
Just Mona:
It is an excellent poem, but I doubt seriously Mary Frye is/was the author since it was read at my great-great Grandfather's funeral in 1934 (the year my mother was born). Their minister had been reciting this, at every funeral he presided over, since graduating Seminary (1912). It was a poignant reminder of death, my Grandmother, wrote it on the back of his picture with Anonymous as the author as told by her Minister.
Posted 02/22/2022 12:36 PM
Woofbrandy:
As CYNTSLESS points out,this is read by a main character in After Life on Netflix. It's the finale of the excellent show and brings closure to Tony's grief over his wife's death. Very touching.
Posted 02/17/2022 02:38 AM
rmstitanicof1912:
I lost my grandmother back in 2019. I just came across this poem today. While reading this, my mind instantly went to my grandmother. This is the kind of things she said. I am SO glad I found this poem
Posted 02/11/2022 09:00 PM
thejojo:
i have been in love with this poem since my teenage years. since my husband passed, i have realized that this is so true, we never leave this earth
Posted 01/20/2022 08:54 PM
CYNTSLESS:
This poem was featured in an episode of the NETFLIX series AFTER LIFE. I immediately loved its sentiment.
Posted 01/19/2022 12:33 PM
Asis Kumar Dasgupta :
It touches heart...nothing remains to be said anymore!!!!.....
Posted 08/06/2021 05:58 AM
fireflyy123:
Simply an incredible and uplifting poem that brings healing.
Posted 04/11/2021 02:41 PM
jreele:
Several months before my Mom's passing I found this poem in CA while on a school bus trip to a mission, It was incased into a very nice wooden frame and I bought it. It's been with me ever since and I hold it dearly as it means a lot to me when she passed in 2000. I never knew until recently who wrote it. Thank you
Posted 03/22/2021 06:18 PM
Bill Sr:
My wife of 67 years died on Mothers day of 2020, her name was Mary Kathleen.This poem has brought healing ...Thank Mary and God for this message Bill Preston Gresham, Oregon
Posted 03/04/2021 04:46 PM
transitions:
Beautiful...just simply beautiful.
Posted 04/01/2015 05:07 PM
KevinArnold:
Thanks for finding this and doing due diligence on the ownership.
Posted 03/31/2015 01:00 AM


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