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Stop all the clocks/ do not stand at my grave
Posted by: SJohn (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: November 07, 2004 08:20PM

Pack up the stars switch off the sun .......... (or similar). Help please.

Re: Mourning a Loved One
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: November 07, 2004 11:04PM

This one perhaps:

Funeral Blues
W. H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.


Re: Mourning a Loved One
Posted by: Pam Hersey (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: November 09, 2004 10:07AM

I am searching for a poem, which begins something like this

I do not stand by your grave and weep
You do not die, you do not sleep

Can you find it for me?


Pam Hersey

Re: Mourning a Loved One
Posted by: lg (---.ca.charter.com)
Date: November 09, 2004 11:28AM

Here you go:

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die….

Mary Frye

Re: Mourning a Loved One
Posted by: SJohn (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date: November 14, 2004 07:49PM

Les .......... That's the one; all thanks for your help - brilliant work. Exactly as I remember it !!! I wonder whether WHA was responding to a particular personal loss when he wrote it.

Mary Frye .............. Do we know the author of the'I Did Not Die' poem ?

S John Hazel

Re: Mourning a Loved One
Posted by: IanB (---.tnt11.mel1.da.uu.net)
Date: November 15, 2004 07:11AM

The poem often titled by its first line 'Do not stand at my grave and weep' is of uncertain authorship. It is widely said to have been written in 1932 by one Mary Frye of Baltimore, USA, about whom little is publicly known, but it has also been attributed to many other authors, and there are various versions of the poem circulating.

At [www.donotstandatmygrave.com]
there is a report on a search for the source, the author of which concludes that while Ms Frye was probably the originator, some other unknown writer or writers substantially polished her version, resulting in the improved version now most often used.


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