Mary Elizabeth Frye

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

Mary Elizabeth Frye
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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 »

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  • Sandrabeck55@att.net (6/21/2018 4:22:00 AM)

    Does this work

  • Kalpana Dwivedi (6/13/2018 3:49:00 AM)

    Really an amazing feeling. My deepest thanks to this amazing poet.

  • Mohammedsuhail (6/9/2018 4:55:00 AM)

    I need the summary of the poem in london town

  • M Montgomery (6/2/2018 5:39:00 PM)

    there are more than a few sites that still attribute this as a Hopi poem. It is not. See Wikipedia under her name. You can also tell by the way it's written compared to other Hopi poems.

  • Paula Measures (5/31/2018 1:27:00 PM)

    This beautiful piece of writing reflected all my feelings at my parents' funerals. I know it was what they would have said if they could and it gave me strength when I felt lost.

    So my deepest thanks to this wonderful poet.

  • Mary allensworth (3/7/2018 3:40:00 PM)

    That fits just write for my hursban

  • David Bentley (2/21/2018 5:22:00 AM)

    It is nothing like Mrs Thatcher please remove these ridiculous comments

  • peace (1/29/2018 6:09:00 PM)

    could i know the name of the music

  • Terry Murphy (12/17/2017 3:55:00 PM)

    I cried no poem has ever done that, touch me yes but never tear up.

  • Rosemary Jacobs (12/16/2017 5:58:00 AM)

    A touching and beautiful work of art. This is exactly how I feel about departing this life.

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Best Poem of Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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.

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