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If I Should Die
(1716-1771 / London / England)

If I Should Die

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.

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Comments (6)

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
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..
It appears this poem by Gray was loosely plagiarized by a version written by Mary Hall, an American jurist.
Thomas Gray is incredible... his 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' is the most incredible piece of work I have ever read.
I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.12
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