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A Grave Stone
Posted by: Keeper of Light (---.texoma.net)
Date: June 18, 2003 02:54PM

'A Grave Stone' by William Allingham

Does anyone at all like it? I think it is sad. Noone stops by the grave. Leave him forgotten! Woe is me. That was sad.


"Loving people is like farting in the wind; You don't actually accomplish anything, but you feel better."

~The Great and Powerful Angelia~


Re: A Grave Stone
Posted by: stephanie (---.nas5.sioux-falls1.sd.us.da.qwest.ne)
Date: June 18, 2003 05:44PM

i love it too! it makes me cry when i read it.


Re: A Grave Stone
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: June 19, 2003 10:53AM

Let's have a look at it, then!
It's in the eMule archive:



A Gravestone
by William Allingham

Far from the churchyard dig his grave,
On some green mound beside the wave;
To westward, sea and sky alone,
And sunsets. Put a mossy stone,
With mortal name and date, a harp
And bunch of wild flowers, carven sharp;
Then leave it free to winds that blow,
And patient mosses creeping; slow,
And wandering wings, and footsteps rare
Of human creature pausing there.



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"Wandering wings, and footsteps rare" sounds okay to me. I'd rather be buried "on some green mound ... free to winds that blow" than right at the church door. But maybe that's just me.


Re: A Grave Stone
Posted by: glenda (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: June 19, 2003 02:00PM

Here's another "far from the churchyard" offering. The follow excerpt was written by M.J. McMahon about the middleweight boxer, Jack Dempsey (John Kelly, 1862-1895) This is a different Jack Dempsey from the American born heavyweight boxing champion William H. (Jack) Dempsey.(1895-1983)




The Nonpareil’s Grave

Far out in the wilds of Oregon,
On a lonely mountain side,
Where Columbia’s mighty waters
Roll down the ocean side;
Where the giant fir and cedar
Are imaged in the wave,
O’ergrown with firs and lichens,
I found Jack Dempsey’s grave.

I found no marble monolith,
No broken shaft or stone,
Recording 60 victories this vanquished victor won.
No rose, no shamrock could I find,
No mortal here to tell
Where sleeps in this forsaken spot
Immortal Nonpareil….

Oh, fame why sleeps thy favored son
In woods, in wilds, in weeds,
And shall he never thus sleep on,
Interred his valiant deeds?
‘Tis strange New York should thus forget
Its “bravest of the brave,”
And in the wilds of Oregon,
Unmarked, leave Dempsey’s grave.


Re: A Grave Stone
Posted by: Keeper of Light (---.texoma.net)
Date: June 19, 2003 03:11PM

All to grand! Very interesting thoughts about this one!! Keep 'em coming!!


"Loving people is like farting in the wind; You don't actually accomplish anything, but you feel better."

~The Great and Powerful Angelia~


Re: A Grave Stone
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: June 20, 2003 01:29PM

And of course, this most famous burial-

pam

The Cremation of Sam McGee
by Robert W. Service


There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee,
where the cotton blooms and blows
Why he left his home in the South to roam
'round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always cold but the land of gold
seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he'd often say in his homely way
that he'd sooner live in Hell.

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way
over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold
it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze
till sometimes we couldn't see,
It wasn't much fun, but the only one
to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight
in our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead
were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and "Cap", says he,
"I'll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I'm asking that you
won't refuse my last request."

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no;
then he says with a sort of moan,
"It's the cursed cold, and it's got right hold
till I'm chilled clean through to the bone
Yet 'taint being dead-it's my awful dread
of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair,
you'll cremate my last remains.

A pal's last need is a thing to heed,
so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn
but God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day
of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all
that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn't a breath in that land of death,
and I hurried, horror-driven
With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid,
because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say.
"You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it's up to you
to cremate these last remains".

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid,
and the trail has its own stern code,
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb
in my heart how I cursed that load!
In the long, long night, by the lone firelight,
while the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows-
Oh God, how I loathed the thing!

And every day that quiet clay
seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent
and the grub was getting low.
The trail was bad, and I felt half mad,
but I swore I would not give in;
And I'd often sing to the hateful thing,
and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge,
and a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice
it was called the Alice May,
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit,
and I looked at my frozen chum;
Then "Here", said I, with a sudden cry,
"is my cre-ma-tor-eum"!

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor
and I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around,
and I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared
such a blaze you seldom see,
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal,
and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn't like
to hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled,
and the wind began to blow,
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled
down my cheeks, and I don't know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak
went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow
I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about
ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said,
"I'll just take a peep inside.
I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked".
Then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm,
in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile,
and he said, "Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear
you'll let in the cold and storm-
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee,
it's the first time I've been warm".

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee




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