Saturday, January 26, 2008


Apparently the following is from a sermon on death delivered in St Paul's Cathedral on Whitsunday 1910, while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster. The author, Canon Henry Scott Holland (see picture), also wrote the hymn, Judge Eternal Throned in Splendour, which I rather like, but I suppose that's at least partly because it's a good tune.
Anyway, I find the following very helpful.

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 still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effort, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well.

Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918) Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.


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  2. Nothing sinister about the fact that I have just removed a comment from this post, it's just that it used my real name and that of the friend who posted it, and I tend to try not to use real names, including mine, on my Blog.

    The comment was from a good friend expressing sympathy at the death of my grandmother, which is what prompted my post in the first place.