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Think of me as one at rest | 07-Apr-08

Does anyone know the author of this poem?

At Rest

Think of me as one at rest,
for me you should not weep
I have no pain no troubled thoughts
for I am just asleep
The living thinking me that was,
is now forever still
And life goes on without me now,
as time forever will.

If your heart is heavy now
because I've gone away
Dwell not long upon it friend
For none of us can stay
Those of you who liked me,
I sincerely thank you all
And those of you who loved me,
I thank you most of all.

And in my fleeting lifespan,
as time went rushing by
I found some time to hesitate,
to laugh, to love, to cry
Matters it now if time began
If time will ever cease?
I was here, I used it all,
and now I am at peace.

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I read this at my mother's funeral ten days ago, she was just short of her 100th birthday.
It's so moving and I felt that with family present and the few friends who had not died before her, it was so right. I'll always remember it.
Elizabeth Hawthorn

I was given a copy of this poem on my daughter's birthday who, sadly, died in 2005 of severe Anorexia. Having suffered so many years she was such a loving person. Everybody who met her loved her and I found this poem so moving and appropriate. Thankyou Rosie for sending it. It meant so much as I am still desperately grieving.
Maureen Scott

I read this poem at my Aunt's funeral yesterday. She was quite young, her mother survives her. It was so very right for the occassion
Helen Smithers

Beautiful ... just ... beautiful ...
Alex Coleman

any poemone help me with the author of this beautifil
helen Robertson

Poem:- Think of me as one at rest (or) At rest
I like this poem, and would also like to know who wrote it
The original request for information was posted on 07-Apr-08.
Has it been solved yet ?
Bob Pappin
Adelaide Hills
South Australia

Bob Pappin

This was read at the funeral of a very close family friend yesterday and I thought is summed him up perfectly. The sentiments expressed were just as he would have wanted and how he felt about us all. As for the author, sadly, I have no idea and no suggestion as to where to find out!
Tracey Pearson

My mother passed away last week and I found three copies of this poem in her house. My Grandfather was a poet and had 100 of his poems published. My mother doesn't use the internet and for her to have three written copies of the poem I believe she would have been writing it off by heart. Perhaps it may have something to do with my Grandfather? I am looking into it.
Janelle Wyeth

I have been asked to read this at a funeral next week (July 25th 2011). The copy I was given has this name and address at the foot of the page:
Revd B Astill,
Liverpool

He may well be the author
Hope so,
Bob
Revd Robert Metcalf

What a beautiful poem. It will be read at a very dear friend's funeral on Monday 8th August by his youngest daughter. It is a lovely poem, suitable for the occasion I dont think there will be a dry eye in the Church.
Shirley Macey

The Rev Brian Astill read this beautiful poem at my mother's funeral in April 2011. I asked him for a copy and when he sent it his name was at the bottom I don't know if he wrote it.
Helen Crisp

so it seems there is no origin to this poem, has anyone found a poetry book in which it is at least published, preferably an early one. I would really like a copy other than computer print out or photocopy
kevin pill

This was read at my friend Sarah's funeral last year. 15 years young, took her own life. I still cry reading it. :(
Amy Lucas

Went to a funeral last monday and this was read out and thought it very touching and moving.
Audrey Parker

I read this at my darling dads funeral, he had alzheimers, our hearts are broken, lots of peoples commented that they would want it read at their passing, Miss you my darling dad xx
Caroline Rochelle

The author of this poem is Helen Steiner Rice. It's a beautiful poem and was read recently at my husband's funeral.
Cathie B

Yes - a lovely poem written by Helen Steiner-Rice
Janet Henderson

Think it’s written by Barry Astill
Lyn Sweet


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