Mary Elizabeth Frye

(13 November, 1905 - 15 September 2004 / Dayton, Ohio)

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep - Poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye

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 snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

  • Mizzy ........ Mizzy ........ (8/27/2016 4:11:00 PM)

    Always a delight to read this.......very uplifting! (Report) Reply

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  • Rhonda Wainwright (8/9/2016 8:08:00 PM)

    Always nice to know the history of the poet
    a Baltimore housewife and florist, best known as the author of the poem Do not stand at my grave and weep, written in 1932.

    She was born Mary Elizabeth Clark, and was orphaned at the age of three. In 1927 she married Claud Frye.

    The identity of the author of the poem was unknown until the late 1990s, when Frye revealed that she had written it. Her claim was later proven by Abigail Van Buren.

    Her poem was also used in one of the Norwegian protocols to express condolences after the 2011 Norway attacks. more » (Report) Reply

  • Muhiba Naik Muhiba Naik (7/14/2016 1:30:00 AM)

    It's so beautiful! Just so beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards Bri Edwards (7/1/2016 2:08:00 PM)

    Where shall they all weep when i am gone?
    Shall they weep by the dandelions in a lawn?
    Shall they weep as they pass the new landfill?
    I guess they'll weep where and when they will.


    i don't suppose so many people would consider MY poem as beautiful as yours.

    yours will end up in MyPoemList today.

    bri ;)

    p.s. i saw this listed as one of another poet's favorite. (Report) Reply

  • Linda Collins Linda Collins (6/11/2016 11:40:00 PM)

    One of the most beautiful poems I've ever read and I wish I could listen to that type of music all night. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/10/2016 3:40:00 PM)

    This is one of the most beautiful heart-piercing poems I have ever read. It is comfort and kindness, therefore I think it is a disservice to the author to try to start an argument about whether it's about an afterlife or a dust-to-dust conclusion. Let it be what comforts you- - let it be what comforts your loved ones- - let it be what comforts others- -just let it be what it is... lovely (Report) Reply

    Steven Silent Wolf (8/4/2016 6:36:00 PM)

    Well said; and both can be true. The body falls back and the spirit rushes forward.

    Steven Silent Wolf (8/4/2016 6:34:00 PM)

    Both can be true. The body falls back and the spirt rushes on.

  • Abhishek Singh (6/3/2016 11:07:00 AM)

    Beautiful thought.....
    Nicely put into words..... (Report) Reply

  • Khaled Ehtesham Khaled Ehtesham (5/29/2016 11:45:00 PM)

    its just an extraordinary thoughtful poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Scarcelli (5/22/2016 12:17:00 PM)

    In michigan, I would walk the fields of our farm and on cool mornings, as I past a flock of grain stealers, that would in an awesome rush, take flight, beautiful enough to forgot how much food they stole. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Billsborough (5/22/2016 2:50:00 AM)

    What a beautiful Sonnet. Such a shame there are no other examples of her work.
    It has an unforgettable melody.
    Tom Billsborough (Report) Reply

  • Kwizeera Ezekiel Kwizeera Ezekiel (5/15/2016 3:28:00 AM)

    Indeed..! (Report) Reply

  • Aman.hussain200155@gmail.com Hussain (5/11/2016 10:02:00 AM)

    A profounding poemwith each word being seranaded in my ears (Report) Reply

  • Kathy Dale (4/28/2016 8:53:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem that had touched my heart at a very sad time in my life. (Report) Reply

  • Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:38:00 PM)

    it is a beautiful poem, I sung it at my grandpa's funeral (Report) Reply

  • Richard Wlodarski (4/10/2016 7:59:00 AM)

    The poet and poem deserve Ode To Joy. Truly a profound poem that shines a bright light on the afterlife. (Report) Reply

    Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:37:00 PM)

    it is a beautiful poem though

    Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:35:00 PM)

    very poetic
    its not about the afterlife
    its talking about ashes to ashes type stuff how you will live on through nature and the world around you

  • Bayzid Ahmed (4/8/2016 2:06:00 PM)

    can anybody tell me who sing this? (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (3/8/2016 2:59:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem Mary... (Report) Reply

    Seren Grant (4/20/2016 2:36:00 PM)

    she died about 12 years ago m8, bit late

  • Adelami Smart (2/18/2016 11:39:00 AM)

    wow i love this poem, the soul had travel beyond (Report) Reply

  • Judith Blatherwick Judith Blatherwick (2/7/2016 7:13:00 AM)

    This poem is my all time favourite. It invokes feelings of extreme sadness, but also happiness and beauty. It makes me cry and smile. A masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Tilly Boesche-zacharow Tilly Boesche-zacharow (2/5/2016 3:05:00 PM)

    What a wonderful song.I And I have weeped so long,
    because I´m remembering to my young son.
    For him the eternity begun.
    Tilly Boesche-Zacharow, Berlin

    Sorry, my English is very bad (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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