Henry Scott Holland


Death Is Nothing At All - Poem by Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
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Comments about Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott Holland

  • Rookie manny lopez (5/18/2015 10:09:00 PM)

    Jennie left us 30 yearss ago. Cancer still suck. God help us! (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 744 Points val Rogers (4/7/2015 4:04:00 PM)

    Death is nothing at all is an impressively beautiful poem. Great literature. My friend. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,930 Points Frank Avon (4/6/2015 11:43:00 AM)

    A fascinating poem. In this version of the poem, death is described naturalistically - and quite beautifully - until the last stanza, in which the promise of an after-life is provided, almost as an after-thought. Curious.

    However, I'm thoroughly confused. Who wrote this text? I've searched the Internet and have found no definitive answer. Was it St. Augustine? Henry Scott Holland? Charles Peguy? Clearly the words are part of Holland's sermon on the death of Charles VII, delivered in May 1910. The French poem, C'est mort n'est rien, was written by Charles Peguy who died in 1914 in World War I at the Battle of Marne. Holland's sermons, as I understand, were not published until 1919, after Holland's death in 1918. To complicate factors even further, apparently Holland's words were adapted from St. Augustine. Does anyone have all the facts on this? Or can you tell me where I might find them. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,338 Points Stephen Katona (3/16/2015 11:48:00 PM)

    I shall give this poem to my wife who lost her parents recently. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Deborah Critz (2/13/2015 4:25:00 PM)

    This poem my sister used during her sons funeral service. It so touch me, made my heart lighter, that I placed the poem upon the side of my refrigerator where I read it every morning. The effect upon my heart four years later remains the same. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,367 Points Tushar Ray (2/2/2015 7:27:00 PM)

    This is a great poem on the eternal relation between Life and Death. I enjoyed very much. Congratulations! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,381 Points L. E. O. Gibraltar (1/20/2015 11:52:00 AM)

    Nothing short of a great poem! It reminds where death is nothing at all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 217 Points Christopher Cariad (12/14/2014 10:38:00 PM)

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same that it ever was.
    There is absolute unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind
    because I am out of sight?

    Your words pierce me like a silver bullet, so amazingly beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points David Teton-landis (8/17/2014 8:30:00 PM)

    The poem above has one line deleted (What is death but a negligible accident?) , and as R Ho mentioned, extra lines added after all is well that were not part of the original, which is an excerpt from a 1910 sermon by HSH, (which itself appears to be an adaptation of a poem by St. Augustine, Love Never Disappears) . The HSH sermon is available here in its entirety: http: //en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_King_of_Terrors (Report) Reply

  • Rookie R Ho (3/17/2014 11:11:00 AM)

    The version which I'm familiar with has additional lines after 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!

    Peace to all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Booth (2/5/2014 4:08:00 AM)

    When my darling wife died tragically at 35, I was given this poem by my sister in law. It still brings lots of tears but they are warm tears. What spititual insight! Of course it would mean nothing to me without several visits from Rebekah after she had passed which made me realise that there is a spirit world/dimension. Death is nothing to fear but it sure hurts the loved ones left behind. Learn your lessons, have fun and look forward to going home. By the way, the poem is by Charles Peguy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robin Evans (1/26/2014 5:45:00 AM)

    Chris,
    I feel you are missing the point of the poem. for all those who have lost a loved one death certainly is a very big something as yo say. But this poem is meant to give hope that there is indeed something after so called death and we will all meet once again with those we love.
    If you look at it in that light you may see it diferently. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Terry Pool (1/8/2014 8:41:00 AM)

    Chris,
    Thank you for making be realize that this poem may not be appropriate in every situation for every person. I usually send it in my sympathy cards and it seems to have been appreciated but I will reconsider this. People in one's life never know what to say in times of grief and may not always say the right thing at the right time to the right person, but there is rarely malice intended. This is the reason many avoid communication, thus intensifying the loneliness and isolation of the grieving loved one. No one knows what to say, but those who try are just showing that they care. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Terry Pool (1/8/2014 8:36:00 AM)

    Chris, your loss is very real. the poem is a comfort to many but may not console all. For those who believe we are here together for a short time then go home to be reunited when it is our time, it can and does ease the loneliness and grief just a little bit, especially after some time has past... to the point in grief process where you remember the good things rather than the loss and the death event. Everyone has a different timeframe. The poem does not diminish the loss of a loved one but provides a glimmer of possible hope for a reuniting. I wish you well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chris Williams (10/30/2013 1:23:00 PM)

    Death is nothing at all Isn't it?
    This is an awful poem which tries to pretend death is nothing - but those who have experienced a death will know death is not nothing.
    I think any hope in death must first be found after facing the fact that death is 'something' - and to many people a very big something. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple (2/5/2008 9:05:00 AM)

    Very smooth style, readable, great words. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Gale (10/23/2006 7:02:00 PM)

    Great poem pure and simple. An easy ten.
    God bless all poets-MJG. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Suzee Breathe (3/30/2005 7:10:00 AM)

    I have looked at this poem via several sources and there is some difference in some lines of text. Anyone know which is the original version? ? (Report) Reply










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