Thomas Gray

(1716-1771 / London / England)

If I Should Die - Poem by Thomas Gray

If I should die and leave you
Be not like the others, quick undone
Who keep long vigils by the silent
dust and weep.

For my sake turn to life and smile
Nerving thy heart and trembling
hand to comfort weaker souls than thee.
Complete these unfinished tasks of mine
And I perchance may therein comfort thee.

Topic(s) of this poem: death


Comments about If I Should Die by Thomas Gray

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/24/2019 5:25:00 AM)

    turn to life and smile
    Nerving thy heart and trembling
    hand to comfort weaker souls than thee. very great advice. thank u dear poet for your greatness to write this. tony
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  • Julia (5/16/2018 5:29:00 PM)

    I found a slip of paper I had written part of this poem on a very long time ago. Some of the words were wrongI have only today after a long search fpund what I had been looking for, so now I can add it to a notebook in which I have written a number of my favourites.. (Report)Reply

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  • C W Briggs (5/13/2018 11:04:00 PM)

    It appears this poem by Gray was loosely plagiarized by a version written by Mary Hall, an American jurist. (Report)Reply

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (1/20/2016 11:58:00 AM)

    Thomas Gray is incredible... his 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' is the most incredible piece of work I have ever read. (Report)Reply

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  • Thabani KhumaloThabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.12 (Report)Reply

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  • King Optims (4/29/2015 9:31:00 AM)

    this poem is awesome and I like it very greatly (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 28, 2014



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