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looking for a specific quote about death

looking for a specific quote about death

Postby siobhan » 02 Dec 2007, 11:43

Its that beautiful one about the loved one who has died drifing off and the people on this shore saying "there she goes" and those on the other shore saying "here she comes". Can any one help me find the full poem?

Postby Paul F. Ford » 02 Dec 2007, 17:47

The Ship

What is dying?
I am standing on the sea shore,
a ship sails in the morning breeze
and starts for the ocean.
She is an object of beauty
and I stand watching her
till at last she fades
on the horizon
and someone at my side says:
“She is gone.”
Gone! Where?
Gone from my sight—that is all.
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars
as she was when I saw her,
and just as able to bear her load of living
freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me,
not in her,
and just at the moment when someone at my side says,
“She is gone”
there are others who are watching her coming,
and other voices take up a glad shout:
“There she comes!"”
—and that is dying.

Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862–1926)
Paul Ford—self-appointed president of the "245-3617 Club" and proud member of the "245-6317 Club"; author of the Companion to Narnia and the Pocket Companion to Narnia.
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Postby Guest » 02 Dec 2007, 19:01

so it wasn't Lewis? Doesn't matter, it's so beautiful - thank you Paul

Postby Shadowland Dweller » 03 Dec 2007, 17:05

I agree...that is beautiful.
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