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

  • (4/13/2018 3:38:00 AM)


    This poem is also attributed to St Augustine. (Report) Reply

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  • Naila Rais (4/11/2018 7:56:00 PM)


    Such a inspirational write... I really love it.... Thanks for sharing....10
    Naila
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  • Kumar Dheeraj (4/9/2018 9:58:00 PM)


    This poem gives me the same essence of what John Donne has written Death Be Not Proud.
    Great write poet! !
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  • (4/2/2018 4:28:00 AM)


    Wow👌👌 (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2018 9:57:00 PM)


    Beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Devanshu Patel (3/22/2018 5:42:00 PM)


    its a great philosophy to see towards 'Life' and 'Death'.... actually death is considered to changing attire of SOUL...putting on a new one leaving the older one... (Report) Reply

  • (3/22/2018 5:31:00 PM)


    a great philosophy of 'Life' and 'Death'.... actually death is like ' a changing attire of 'SOUL', putting on on a new leaving the old one...according to our religion... (Report) Reply

  • (3/13/2018 1:10:00 PM)


    We read it at my grandmothers passing. Its perfect. She is with Christ now..a better place (Report) Reply

  • (3/7/2018 4:24:00 PM)


    My father just died and your poem was soorhing (Report) Reply

    (4/13/2018 11:45:00 AM)

    how did he die?

  • (3/7/2018 2:43:00 PM)


    Death is one of my favorite subjects. Your verses are soothing. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2018 9:57:00 AM)


    How very comforting, thank you dear Poet for such beautiful words, (Report) Reply

  • (2/24/2018 9:34:00 AM)


    Thank for sharing I needed to see this I am the only one left in my family. I found a way to deal (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2018 3:48:00 PM)


    I lke this prayer (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2018 3:52:00 PM)


    Beautifully healing, a new way to look at death. I received this Poem from England when my Father died, about 20 years ago. It was part of the service package. Now. I have received it again from a friend, for my brother's passing. I love the words. (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (2/11/2018 11:18:00 AM)


    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... facing death in such a positive way........ an example for all those who fear death....... thank you dear poet. tony
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/9/2018 10:22:00 PM)


    Awesome poem I read it out at a funeral.its so touching it made my heart melt ❤ (Report) Reply

  • (2/7/2018 3:42:00 PM)


    Add a comment.yes of course it is just the lost of sight. (Report) Reply

  • (2/3/2018 6:59:00 AM)


    Beautiful and so touching (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2018 1:36:00 AM)


    Just perfection (Report) Reply

  • (1/30/2018 9:53:00 AM)


    This poem gave me such comfort❤️ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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