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The Muse

May 12, 2005

Death is nothing!

Beautiful and strong lines:

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effect

Without the ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity

What is death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost

One brief moment and all will be as it was before

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!


-Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

7 Comments:

  • Ram,

    How beautiful these lines, truly are.. Thanks for showing them to me.

    Yes, exactly what I myself had thought. These lines truly inspire.

    Thanks Ram.

    Regards,
    Srijith

    By Blogger Srijith Unni, at 10:09 PM  

  • wow ram
    thanks for putting it in here.
    i loved this and i am keeping this to read.
    it's just pregnant with the truth and how we don't see it for what it is

    By Blogger Maya Cassis, at 5:00 AM  

  • Hi Maya and Srijith, I am only happy that I could lead you to these lines.

    Sometimes, I find that words just take on a power of their own, and help us make sense of so many issues and problems we face.

    Ram

    By Blogger Ram, at 1:48 PM  

  • Wonderful way to make one feel so casual about "death". A very fine find! :)

    By Blogger SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP, at 6:26 AM  

  • Thanks Scribblez. I'm only too happy to share such soothing thoughts with others.

    By Blogger Ram, at 10:02 PM  

  • beautiful lines ram...
    enjoyed it..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 AM  

  • Thanks anon.

    Ram

    By Blogger Ram, at 11:32 PM  

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