On the Death of a Friend

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4:30
1997

Commissioned for the Alamo City Men's Chorale, San Antonio, TX.

The Princeton Singers on "Reincarnations"
Steven Sametz, director

Text

O, My friend,
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
What we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity
Laugh as we always laughed
My friend…
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it was…
I am waiting for you…
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.

–Canon Henry Scott-Holland (1847-1918) Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral
adapted from ‘The King of Terrors’, 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.
Published in Facts of the Faith, 1919