Mary Elizabeth Frye

Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004) was a Baltimore housewife and florist, best known as the author of the poem “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”. She was born Mary Elizabeth Clark in Dayton, Ohio, and was orphaned at the age of three. She married Claud Frye in 1927.


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight.
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there – I do not die.