It's attributed to Dylan Thomas, but Nigel Rees is skeptical.
Can anybody confirm or refute this?
And if perchance you see the red of western skies,
Or feel the cool of soft rain, or smell the flowers I loved,
Then let your heart beat fast for me
And I will not be dead.
(( Dylan Thomas ??? ))
I saw one other mention, with Mildred Allison shown as the author, whoever she is.
Almost certainly not Dylan Thomas. It doesn't sound like him. I did a quick scan in my complete edition and didn't find it.
Kevin Jones (in Wales!)
Thanks, Hugh and Kevin.
Mildred Allison is a good candidate. Her grandson has a website devoted to her, so I emailed him for confirmation or denial.
I will post whatever I find out.
Net search has thrown up a few more names:
"Now these laughing eyes are closed in that long sleep
Which is the soundest and the last of all:
Shroud not my limbs with funeral pall
Nor mock my rest with vainest prayers, nor weep,
But take the husk of me to where the sunshine plays.
In dewy meadows splashed with gold and white
And there, when stars peer from black pools at night,
Bury the part of me which is no more.
And on those days you wander by those meadow pools again
Think of me as then shall be, a part
Of earth- naught else, and if you see the red
Of Western Skies, or feel the clean soft rain
or hear the music that we loved, then let your heart
Beat fast for me, and I shall not be dead..."
has been ascribed to Thomas Nault, while a Kenneth Walker only wrote from the "meadow pools" line onwards.
It has also been suggested that it might be from "The Prophet", Kahlil Gibran, but I haven't found the text yet.
Detective work needed - I agree, it doesn't sound like Thomas.
I'm on the trail of THOMAS NAULT already.