Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Requiem

Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me;
"Here he lies where he longed to be,
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."


Comments about Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Cindy (6/29/2019 11:04:00 AM)

    Home From The HIll with Robert Mitchum. Great movie.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (5/30/2019 3:38:00 AM)

    great
    10++++++++++++++//(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (5/30/2019 3:38:00 AM)

    This be the verse you grave for me;
    " Here he lies where he longed to be,
    Home is the sailor, home from sea,
    And the hunter home from the hill."
    //beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • CJ Osborne (5/23/2019 7:06:00 AM)

    When responding to a post that used " sexed, " (I then used the first 3 letters; present tense) , it was changed to two asterisks. A site that cannot handle the common word for gender, when used as a reference to an original post, seems to be fearful of words.(Report)Reply

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  • Linda Cross (5/22/2019 8:50:00 AM)

    I can never read this poem without getting teary eyed.(Report)Reply

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  • Frank Mayo (12/17/2018 10:28:00 AM)

    I love this poem. I memorized when I was in High School and have never forgotten it!(Report)Reply

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  • Angelita Garcia Alonzo (9/2/2018 9:21:00 AM)

    Senator McCain was a man of honor whose sense of duty to country never wavered. He was a patriot(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Schmitz (9/1/2018 3:32:00 PM)

    John McCain is dead. Long live John McCain.(Report)Reply

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  • Barbara Gray (9/1/2018 2:27:00 PM)

    I admired John McCain and even though I am an Independent and Democrat at heart, I would have voted for him if he had kept Lieberman as his running mate. I knew Obama was young and could have waited 4 years (or maybe eight) in order to be elected.(Report)Reply

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  • joanna bayles (8/30/2018 12:01:00 PM)

    I am now watching the funeral of John McCain. This is the poem he read for his father and it will be read over him.
    Appropriate.(Report)Reply

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  • Walter Mackins (7/28/2018 4:36:00 AM)

    This poem was read by John Wayne(!) in the John Ford film They Were Expendable. Read for a fallen comrade, it is a very moving scene.(Report)Reply

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  • John Too Some (4/29/2018 2:54:00 PM)

    At the end of the day we all arrive at this place. It's where the light become too frail. It's when the mystery of the world gives way to an empty awareness that nothing can keep us going.
    It's to those who finally get themselves beneath the wide and starry sky of faith. Too those who love us we are remembered. The mansion out in the open country is welcome as it is really a house of eternal vision where nothing can long be left unrestored and plagued with the light of eternity.(Report)Reply

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  • john manoah (4/17/2018 11:32:00 PM)

    I always felt that Bob could have sexed up the last line of his requiem by omitting 'the' before 'hunter, ie: .....'And hunter home from the hill'....(Report)Reply

    CJ Osborne(5/23/2019 6:39:00 AM)

    Then, the make it track, a corresponding " the" would have to be removed from " the" sailor, and that would have ruined the meaning. It wasn't any sailor, or any hunter, it was THE sailor and THE hunter.

    I'm glad that Stevenson understood English and didn't skip an article just to " " up a requiem poem.

    Glenys(9/16/2018 4:44:00 AM)

    I'm with you there. More impact.

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  • Laesta (1/20/2018 11:23:00 PM)

    President Franklin Roosevelt had the last three lines engraved on his tombstone(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Sarracino (4/8/2017 7:46:00 AM)

    I don't know what Stevenson's personal beliefs were, but to me this poem expresses the immortality of the soul. Glad did I live... - the poet has experienced all the essential things this life has to offer. ... and gladly die, and I lay me down with a will - and is now ready to enter the world of eternity. Here he lies where he longed to be... Home is the sailor... Home is the hunter... - having cast off the 'material garment' of the body, the soul has now reached its true home, its sanctuary, the home of the spirit; the home of immortality.(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Sarracino (4/8/2017 7:42:00 AM)

    I don't know what Stevenson's personal beliefs were, but to me the poem speaks of the immortality of the soul. Glad did I live... - the writer has experienced in life, and gained from it, all the essential things this life has to offer. ...and gladly die, And I lay me down with a will - and is now ready to continue his journey into the world of eternity. Here he lies where he longed to be... Home is the sailor... Home is the hunter... His true home is the world of the spirit; the world of immortality; having traversed this material realm, the poet is now ready to enter his true home.(Report)Reply

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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (11/13/2016 11:10:00 PM)

    Compelling simplicity of a man facing death, that of all that one may proclaim about the life now ending, the regrets and unfulfilled hopes, the achievements and failures, he simply proclaims his gladness both to live and to die, and to be buried at home. Nothing more, nothing less. Intriguing and discomforting.(Report)Reply

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  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (11/13/2016 1:52:00 PM)

    Very compact.....brilliantly written.(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/13/2016 2:36:00 AM)

    special words for his own death....it sounds good as a poem though its content is sorrowful- -10(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/13/2016 1:57:00 AM)

    The final journey. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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