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

  • (5/4/2019 10:57:00 AM)

    Very good poem mixing nowadays life and tge other life together. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/30/2019 1:48:00 PM)

    sometimes God is really far and that makes me feel God is not there (Report)Reply

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  • (4/28/2019 1:28:00 PM)

    Please send (Report)Reply

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  • (4/6/2019 2:17:00 PM)

    This isn't the poem. Someone is plagiarizing Henry Scott Holland's poem and has turned it into a Christian poem. Why is this allowed to happen on this site? (Report)Reply

    (5/21/2019 12:16:00 AM)

    Don't get all flustered. Holland was a Christian, after all. While this isn't the original form of the poem, and I agree it shouldn't be presented as though it were, it doesn't severely betray the sentiment of the poet. It also technically isn't plagiarism because while it was copied with creative liberties taken, it's attribution remains with the original author.

    (5/5/2019 7:55:00 PM)

    Why won't Poem Hunter take down this bastardized, plagiarized, co-opted monstrosity?

    (4/29/2019 8:26:00 AM)

    Melanie, thank you. Because of you, I avoided a bad grade on my English Poetry project. This is illegal. There is no way this should be allowed. This a beautiful poem, and by changing it, you are ridding it of its creator's and glory. We need more people like you in life to help put an end to this piracy.

    (4/25/2019 8:46:00 PM)

    Melanie is 100% correct. This is an adulteration of the original text! ! !

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  • (3/26/2019 1:49:00 PM)

    good poem to help people move on even through a tough time (Report)Reply

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  • (3/20/2019 11:38:00 AM)

    Why does this version add Christ That is not how the poem usually reads (Report)Reply

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  • (3/4/2019 1:16:00 PM)

    good poemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm (Report)Reply

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  • Nancy Chambers (3/2/2019 11:29:00 AM)

    Nice poem, Helped me with my grieving (Report)Reply

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  • (2/28/2019 5:41:00 AM)

    https: //www.thefreelibrary.com/THE+KING+OF+TERRORS%3A+THE+THEOLOGY+OF+HENRY+SCOTT+HOLLAND.-a061947811 (Report)Reply

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  • (2/16/2019 11:40:00 AM)

    An explanation of good things to be,and come.Why not think of things this way, it can only help. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/11/2019 2:40:00 PM)

    Wow - an awesome write that echos so many of my own feelings. Beautifully & so eloquently expressed. Well done! (Report)Reply

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  • (1/10/2019 8:07:00 PM)

    This is incorrect. The poem actually ends:
    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; 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!

    Source: https: //www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/death-is-nothing-at-all-by-henry-scott-holland
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  • (1/3/2019 7:22:00 PM)

    I have always known that, but, I have not seen it in such a context. Thank you, Mr. Holland! (Report)Reply

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  • (12/30/2018 8:35:00 AM)

    Really. Having a sound file of this piece read by a machine is an obscenity to life, death and art. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/27/2018 2:54:00 PM)

    Good one... Death does no difference. (Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl Latham (12/16/2018 8:28:00 AM)

    What a great spiritual message you have penned for your readers. Don't stop writing or praising the Lord. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/8/2018 11:08:00 PM)

    well penned dearHenry remembered my mom and dad when I read it10 (Report)Reply

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  • (12/6/2018 10:28:00 PM)

    Poem read at Daddy’s funeral. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/6/2018 8:17:00 PM)

    Let us hope what u say is true. (Report)Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (11/15/2018 2:04:00 PM)

    if only this were true! i happen to not believe in an afterlife, or Christ as the Son of God. i used to believe....50 years ago.

    'Tis very nicely written, and EXCEPT for the religious tone, i agree with your advice.

    but, if the absent one is a (dead) husband, and the widow remarries, won't a new husband be, perhaps, bothered when he daily hears his new wife talking to her dead husband? ? !

    to MyPoemList.

    bri

    (:

    maybe i'll use in a showcase some month.
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    (1/10/2019 8:27:00 PM)

    The poem actually ends:

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; 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!

    Source: https: //www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/death-is-nothing-at-all-by-henry-scott-holland

    (1/10/2019 8:07:00 PM)

    This is how the poem actually ends:
    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; 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!

    Source: https: //www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/death-is-nothing-at-all-by-henry-scott-holland

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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