To Those I Love
By Isla Paschal Richardson
If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you, for
Who knows, but that I shall be oftentimes?
I'd come, I'd come, could I but find a way!
But would not tears and grief be barriers?
And when you hear a song I used to sing.
Or see a bird I loved - let not the thought
Of me be sad, for I am loving you
Just as I always have .. You were so good
To me ... So many things I wanted still
To do ... So many, many things to say to you ...
Remember that I did not fear ... It was
Just leaving you I could not bear to face ...
We cannot see Beyond ... But this I know;
I loved you so -- 'twas heaven here with you!
This poem was written by Isla Paschal Richardson, born in 1886. The poem gained widespread popularity after it was read by Gregory Peck(格利高里·派克) at Frank Sinatra's(弗兰克·辛那提) funeral in 1998.