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.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which 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 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 trace of a shadow on it.

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?

I am but 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 only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.


Comments about Death Is Nothing At All by Henry Scott Holland

  • Lily IvesLily Ives (5/6/2020 1:36:00 AM)

    I love this paragraph: Life means all that it ever meant...There is absolute unbroken continuity. The words are beautiful, intuitive and insightful.(Report)Reply

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  • ABDUL QAYYUM MULLA (4/22/2020 1:56:00 AM)

    Never death is nothing at all, dear when the times of food end that time for death, god knows about everything I am poet I can understand you but my right is teach what wrong, so I teach you but I could not level of you, your poem in top of hots poems congratulation dear poet..Abdul Qayyum Mulla(Report)Reply

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  • Anthony LiccioneAnthony Liccione (2/23/2020 3:28:00 PM)

    Good take on a view of death.. always have hope!(Report)Reply

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  • Liz Evanko (2/8/2020 3:52:00 PM)

    Helps me so very much in my sorrow(Report)Reply

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjrFrank James Ryan Jr...fjr (2/8/2020 1:30:00 AM)

    One of the most capturing and substanceful works I have seen on this site since Michael Shepherd and Herbert Nehrlich....[FjR-2020](Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (1/14/2020 6:03:00 PM)

    This poem of death is like life all around us.(Report)Reply

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  • ur mum (12/12/2019 4:54:00 AM)

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    Astroken(2/14/2020 6:25:00 AM)

    Not impressed.. ur mum

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  • Julia (12/6/2019 7:34:00 AM)

    Lovely and comforting poem but it did bring a tear to my eye.(Report)Reply

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  • Andre (12/3/2019 10:21:00 PM)

    I am a Christian. While it is likely that the priest-author would agree with the added sentiment, it is NOT right that anyone should add to this work. The site should remove this version if it true that it has been modified/adulterated.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (9/17/2019 6:28:00 PM)

    Life means all that it ever meant and death is nothing at all. This is a true path to renew life. We should not at all fear death. Everything is amazingly said here. An excellent sharing is done really...(Report)Reply

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  • Prativa DeyPrativa Dey (9/14/2019 3:21:00 AM)

    I have read tor one poem so real and nice.(Report)Reply

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  • Tetianna (9/6/2019 3:19:00 PM)

    Ah so lovely. He is speaking of the truth!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/22/2019 4:45:00 AM)

    All is well.

    Nothing is past;
    nothing is lost.
    One brief moment
    and all will be as it was before
    only better,
    infinitely happier and forever we will
    all be one together with Christ./// superb and excellent poem; at all great expression on the death positively through the faith of religion/// love it(Report)Reply

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  • Jane Campion (8/13/2019 12:26:00 AM)

    Poets can fantasise with the the best.(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Luber (8/1/2019 1:13:00 PM)

    FAscinating- roaming between real life relationships and a resurrection through Christ as one beyond Death.(Report)Reply

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  • Ms. Ruigrok (7/26/2019 7:02:00 AM)

    This poem has a lot of meaning for me. I think it ended with '' All is well" . It was spoken in a dutch church 29 years ago. A very beautiful poem, and so true.(Report)Reply

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  • MA Jones (7/22/2019 6:37:00 PM)

    Those who are complaining about this poem being " altered" , please read the following:

    " This poem is often read at funerals. The author, Henry Scott-Holland (1847 - 1918) , a priest at St. Paul's Cathedral of London, did not intend it as a poem, it was actually delivered as part of a sermon in 1910. The sermon, titled, " Death the King of Terrors" was preached while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster."(Report)Reply

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  • Mary M (7/14/2019 10:04:00 PM)

    I agree this poem should be taken down and it’s original version be put in place. I sent this to comfort my sister In law who has no religious beliefs. That makes me feel awful. The last thing she needs right now is to be made defend her beliefs.(Report)Reply

    M. Johenson(7/22/2019 6:38:00 PM)

    " This poem is often read at funerals. The author, Henry Scott-Holland (1847 - 1918) , a priest at St. Paul's Cathedral of London, did not intend it as a poem, it was actually delivered as part of a sermon in 1910. The sermon, titled, " Death the King of Terrors" was preached while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster."

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  • Nancy (7/14/2019 8:36:00 PM)

    It's a shame that people feel they have to inject religion into everything. Some of us dont need the crutch of invented doctrine to appreciate the pure humanistic facts of life and death. The original poem offers comfort as it was written. Stop contaminating beauty.(Report)Reply

    M. Johenson(7/22/2019 6:42:00 PM)

    " The crutch of invented doctrine" ? " Contaminating beauty" ?

    " There is no God and I hate Him" , said the secular humanist.

    " The author, Henry Scott-Holland (1847 - 1918) , a priest at St. Paul's Cathedral of London, did not intend it as a poem, it was actually delivered as part of a sermon in 1910. The sermon, titled, " Death the King of Terrors" was preached while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster."

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  • Hilary Davies (6/17/2019 4:46:00 AM)

    What a disgrace to plagiarise and alter this beautiful poem. It is commonly used in Humanist ceremonies for the reason that it does not contain unwanted religious reference.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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