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

  • (12/19/2018 6:14:00 AM)


    I would like the audio but it is too boring and it has no like soul (Report) Reply

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  • (12/18/2018 3:52:00 AM)


    I wish to find the words of this poem - so read at a funeral this week (Report) Reply

  • (12/12/2018 11:30:00 AM)


    It such a superb poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Paresh Chakra (12/4/2018 10:58:00 AM)


    This is a very good poem 10++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • (11/30/2018 6:51:00 PM)


    very creepy voice, creepy reading. (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2018 10:27:00 AM)


    I found this poem on a brand new iPad. Except, the last two letters were missing.
    I purchased this iPad for my wife who is in the final stages of PSP.
    My prayers be with anyone in need for comfort as many have prayered for my love’s comfort.
    (Report) Reply

    (11/25/2018 10:59:00 AM)

    I came back to this poem via my fav list
    Only to find your heart shredding comment.
    May God the Creator Who is Love and Compassion
    for our troubled hearts give you Peace
    for you to lay your head on. God be with you and your family rmwolters.

  • (11/20/2018 4:12:00 AM)


    Sublime, it lifts you up with the reading of the the light verses, so you become part of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/20/2018 1:51:00 AM)


    I believe that anonymous is the name given as author for this lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2018 7:31:00 PM)


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  • (11/19/2018 6:18:00 PM)


    I managed to say this poem, I struggled with tears at first then I carried on it's was so beautiful and ment such a lot to me I just love the words and the meaning of them I❤️ (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2018 4:27:00 PM)


    Just been to a concert of Howard Goodall's- -Eternal Light: A Requiem, which includes this poem. Moved me close to tears. A wonderful Requiem, and a lovely poem.... (Report) Reply

  • (11/17/2018 3:22:00 AM)


    we lost our son 10 days ago re. carbon monaxide in Spain this poem gave us both great comfort what a deep meaning (Report) Reply

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (11/10/2018 8:30:00 AM)


    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. Very great poem. Afterlife is always an attractive theme. tony
    (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2018 1:43:00 AM)


    Such a great poem. I love it very much and the music as well. My pleasure +10 (Report) Reply

  • (11/8/2018 10:40:00 AM)


    I have to preform it in front of my class year 5 I've remembered it though (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (11/8/2018 12:32:00 AM)


    A fantastic poem. So well written. (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2018 8:48:00 PM)


    I lost my husband a few days ago and wanted to say a Poem for him, god give me strength to stand up and say it. I came across this poem by Mary Frye and I think it's beautiful and it gives me comfort, I don't know why but it does (Report) Reply

    (11/8/2018 2:35:00 AM)

    Tomorrow morning I will say this poem at my dad's memorial service. If I can do it you can too Cynthia. God keep us as we begin the next part of our lives without the ones we love

  • (11/6/2018 9:28:00 AM)


    I lost my little sister Emeline 1 year ago. When I saw this poem, I hear my sister singing to my ears. The last 2 verses; Do not stand on my grave and cry; I am not there, I did not die is so heartbreaking. I see my sister, next to me alive. (Report) Reply

  • (11/3/2018 1:02:00 AM)


    i can say that this poem is among the good poems that i have read.. and having re them and rhythm added more beauty to it (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2018 3:37:00 AM)


    i fell in love with this poem over 20 years ago. this is how I feel.about life - its what i want in death too. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 27, 2013


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