Thursday, October 17, 2013

Death is nothing at all...................

Death is nothing at all
~ by Henry Scott-Holland, Canon of St. Paul’s - 1847-1913

Death is nothing at all…
I have only slipped away into the next room…
I am I and you are you…
whatever we were to each other that we are still.

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.
Pray, 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 ghosts of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the as it ever was;
there is absolutely unbroken continuity.

What is this death but a negligible accident?
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.

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