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Amelia Josephine Burr

(1878-1968 / United States)

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Amelia Josephine Burr (19 November 1878 - 15 June 1968) was an American poet. Born in New York City, she was educated at and graduated from Hunter College (New York). She worked for the Red Cross in 1917-18. She married Reverend Carl H. Elmore of Englewood, New Jersey.

She was described as a "popular lyricist, whose work yet flashes with genuine poetic feeling" and was reputed to have ... more »

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  • Carol Cross (2/27/2005 9:38:00 AM)

    Whilst searching for a poem on the death of my beloved Aunt, I came across 'A Song of Living'. Previously unknown to me, it just seemed to sum up her indomitable spirit and her life of life.

    Please share her words with me:

    Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
    I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
    I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast.
    My cheek like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.
    Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

    I have kissed young Love on the lips, I have heard his song to the end.
    I have struck my hand like a seal in the loyal hand of a friend.
    I have known the peace of heaven, the comfort of work done well.
    I have longed for death in the darkness and risen alive out of hell.
    Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

    I give a share of my soul to the world where my course is run.
    I know that another shall finish the task I must leave undone.
    I know that no flower, nor flint was in vain on the path I trod.
    As one looks on a face through a window, through life I have looked on God.
    Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

    Do you not agree that these are among the most beautiful words you have ever heard?

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