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"What is it all when all is told?"
Posted by: cathypreedy (86.150.11.---)
Date: January 14, 2008 07:52PM

Please can anyone help me to find this poem. My Mother used to say it and many times I asked her to write down the words but she never did. Now she has passed away and I would love to find it. The poem begins "What is it all when all is told?" and its about how the important things in life are not riches. I believe that the next line ends with the world "gold".Many many thanks in advance!


Re: "What is it all when all is told?"
Posted by: Grizzled (24.151.160.---)
Date: January 15, 2008 09:19PM

I found this but could not find the author:

What Is It All?

What is it all when all is told, this ceaseless toiling for fame and gold. The fleeting joy or bitter tears? We are only here a few short years.
Nothing our own but the silent past. Loving or hating, nothing can last.
Each pathway leads to the silent fold. Oh! What is it all when all is told?
What is it all? A grassy mound, Where day or night there is never a sound, save the soft low mourn of the passing breeze, as it lovingly rushes through the silent trees.
Or a thoughful friend with whispered prayer, may sometimes break the stillness there, then hurry away from the gloom and cold.
Oh! What is it all when all is told? What is it all? Just passing through.

And then I found this version:

What is it all?
What is it all when all is told,
The ceaseless toiling for fame or gold
The fleeting joy or the bitter tears?
We are only her for a few short years,
Nothing our own but the silent past:
Loving or hating, nothing can last.
Each pathway leads to the silent fold,
Oh! What is it all when all is told?

What is it all? A grassy mound
Where day or night there is never a sound
Save the soR low moum of the passing breeze
As it lovingly rustles the silent trees.
Or a thoughtful friend with a whispered prayer
May sometimes break the stillness there,
The hurry away from the gloom and cold,
Oh! What is it all when all is told?

What is all, just passing through,
A cross for me, and a cross for you.
Ours seem heavy while other seem light
But God in the end makes all things right.
He "tempers the wind" with such loving care,
He knows the burden that each can bare.
Then changes life's gray into heavenly gold.
Ah! That is all when all is told.

John

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/15/2008 09:24PM by Grizzled.


Re: "What is it all when all is told?"
Posted by: cathypreedy (86.150.116.---)
Date: January 16, 2008 02:01PM

Dear John
Thank you so ,so very much for taking the time to look for and post a reply! I now know why she never wrote it when she was alive! I think I was meant to get it after she died! You have made me very happy! Thanks again
Kind regards
Cathy Preedy


Re: "What is it all when all is told?"
Posted by: misterF (84.68.17.---)
Date: January 18, 2008 06:42PM

According to this site, the author was Mona Tierney - [www.catholicireland.net]


Re: "What is it all when all is told?"
Posted by: ilza-maria (200.162.233.---)
Date: May 07, 2008 08:35AM

earliest publication ( I believe)

Saturday, May 06, 1939 Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sheboygan Press, The




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