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Mary Elizabeth Frye

  Born November 13, 1905
Dayton, OH
Mary Elizabeth Clark
  Died September 15, 2004
Age 98
Baltimore, MD
  Occupation Housewife
  Notable Works Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
  Spouse Claus Frye (1927)
Widowed 1964
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Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

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.

- Mary Elizabeth Frye -

A Short History of The Poem
June 19, 2011 by Bruce A. Walker
For nearly 70 years, the poem "Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep" has provided comfort to mourners the world over.  The origins of the poem remained a mystery for over half a century when Mary Elizabeth Frye of Baltimore admitted she had written the verse.

Evidently, Mary Frye and her husband had a young Jewish girl living with them whose mother in Germany was ill.  Unable to return to Germany because of the mounting anti-Semantic unrest, the young girl was not able to be with her mother when she died.  The girl is reported to have told Mary she never had a chance to stand by her mother's grave and shed a tear.

Mary wrote "Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep" to express her feelings about life and death.  According to  Mary "the words just came to me".

In 1998, Abigail Van Buren, the famed newspaper columnist "Dear Abby", reportedly confirmed that Mary Elizabeth Frye is indeed the author of the poem.

Bruce A. Walker is founder and President/CEO of DataPlex Technologies, a company specializing in .NET application development, web design and development, and internet marketing.

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