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Short poems for a gravestone / headstone

We have put together the ultimate expert guide to poem epitaphs. You can see 120 poems below.

1. “Death is a debt to Nature due. Which I have paid, and so must you.”
– Robert Burns

2. There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet, As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet.
– Thomas Moore

3. All day the fronds the windblown tree soar and flap and shudder as though it thinks it can fly,
As though it wanders in the skies, travelling who knows where, wheeling past the stars
-Rabindranath Tagore

4. Do noble things, not dream them all day long,
And so make life, death and that vast forever one grand sweet song.
– Charles Kingsley

5. The dawn is not distant,
Nor is the night starless;
Love is eternal!
God is still God, and
His faith shall not fail us;
Christ is eternal!
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

6. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.
– Henry Scott Holland

7. And the beat goes on
Just like my love everlasting
And the beat goes on
Still moving strong on and on.
– The Whispers

8. Hope is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.
– Václav Havel

9. To the world he/she was just a part,
To me he/she was the world.
– Unknown

10. God’s in His heaven –
All’s right with the world!
– Robert Browning

11. Spirit of my silence I can hear you…. And I long to be near you.
– Sufjan Stevens ( from the song Death with Dignity)

12. When sunset flows into golden glows,
And the breath of the night is new,
Love finds afar eve’s eager star,
That is my thought of you.
– Robert Underwood Johnson

13. Would that I were the heaven, that I might be
All full of love, lit eyes to gaze on thee.
– Plato

14. Good night, sweet friend, good night:
Till life and all take flight,
Never good-bye.
– W E Henley

15. I found myself saying goodbye
it was a signal not of a parting but of a uniting.
– Helen Thomas

16. Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
– Rossiter W. Raymond

17. And wave beyond the stars that all is well.
– Maurice Baring

18. And we find at the end of a perfect day
The soul of a friend we’ve made.
– Carrie Jacobs-Bond

19. Thou tun’st this World below, the Spheres above,
Who in the Heavenly Round to their own Music move.
– Purcell

20. Dare to be different. Represent your maker well and you will forever abide in the beautiful embrace of his loving arms.
– Jaachynma N.E. Agu

21. One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more.
– John Donne

22. But glad to have sat under
Thunder and rain with you,
And grateful too
For sunlight on the garden.
– Louis MacNeice

23. Sleep, holy spirit, blessed soul,
While the stars burn, the moons increase,
And the great ages onward roll.
– Lord Tennyson

24. And after the sunset
In the unknown night
Joy cannot cease.
– David Geoffrey Collins

25. Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.
– Katherina von Schlegel

26. “Who plucked this flower?”
“I” said the master,
And the gardener
Held his peace.
– Rabindranath Tagore

27. The best is yet to be.
-Robert Browning

28. O may I join the choir invisible,
Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence.
– George Eliot

29. What I do, and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

30. My day was happy, and perchance
The coming night is full of stars.
– Captain Richard Molesworth

31. The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect.
The way you live, the gifts that you give.
In the fullness of time, a garden to nurture and protect.
– Taken from lyrics by RUSH “The Garden”

32. O that my spirit were yon heaven of night,
Which gazes on thee with its thousand eyes.
– Shelley

33. Oh, will wonders ever cease?
Blessed be the mystery of love.
– Sufjan Stevens

34. And time has told me
Not to ask for more,
So someday our ocean
Will find its shore.
– Nick Drake

35. I existed from all eternity, and behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.
– Khalil Gibran

36. May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear, how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here.
– Unknown

37. Make me this present then: your hand in mine,
and we’ll live out our lives in it.
– Michael Donaghy

38. Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands.
– YB Yeats

39. “Here lies one whose name was writ in water” – John Keats
40. But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor’d, and sorrows end.
– William Shakespeare

41. Ah, the souls of those that die
Are but sunbeams lifted higher.
– Longfellow

42. The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?
– Edgar Allan Poe

43. Bright are the stars that shine,
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine,
Will never die.
– The Beatles

44. I fall asleep in the full and certain hope that my slumber shall not be broken;
and that, though I be all-forgetting, yet I shall not be all-forgotten,
but continue that life in the thoughts and deeds of those I have loved.
– Samuel Butler

45. For all we know this might only be a dream
We come and go like a ripple on a stream.
– Nat King Cole

46. A thousand years you said,
As our two hearts melted.
– Lady Heguri

47. It was beautiful.
As long as it lasted,
The journey of my life.
– Tagore

48. The soul,
From earth’s control
Released, sees Heaven’s light.
– Joseph Turner

49. Be there at our sleeping, and give us we pray,
Your peace in our hearts Lord, at the end of the day.
– Jan Struther

50. Earth is crammed with heaven, and every common bush is afire with God.
And only those who see take off their shoes; the rest sit around and pluck blackberries.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

51. Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love, time is eternity.
– Henry Van Dyke

52. And I smiled to think God’s greatness flowed around our incompleteness,
Round our restlessness, His rest.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

53. Somewhere in the desert there’s a forest, and an acre between us.
– Sufjan Stevens.

54. I am yours.
However distant you may be,
There blows no wind but wafts your scent to me,
There sings no bird but calls your name to me.
Each memory that has left its trace with me
Lingers forever as a part of me.
I am yours.
– Derek and the Dominos

55. When love, who sent, forgot to save
The young, the beautiful, the brave.
– Lord Byron

56. Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages.
– William Shakespeare

57. “In this grave a lump of clay, lies (persons name,) poet, nothing more”
– Emily Dickinson

58. “Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson

59. Grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, But laugh
And talk of me
As if I were beside you.
– Isla Richardson

60. Those we love and lose
are always connected by heartstrings
into infinity.
– Terri Guillemets

61. Be there at our sleeping and give us we pray
your peace in our hearts Lord at the end of the day.
– Jan Struther

62. Death has made his darkness
Beautiful with thee.
– Tennyson

63. Because of you we will be glad and gay,
Remembering you we will be brave and strong;..
And you will speed us onward with a cheer.
– Maurice Baring

64. The unreal has no being, the real never ceases to be.
You grieve for those who should not be grieved for.
The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead.
Never at any time was I not, nor thou, nor these princes of men,
nor shall we ever cease to be here after.
– Bhagavad Gita

65. “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear. To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones. And cursed be he that moves my bones”
– William Shakespeare

66. I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sun on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
Mary Elizabeth Frye

67. And so when I remember you
I think of all things good and true.
– Unknown

68. Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
– Dylan Thomas

69. And one fine morning in a sunny lane
Some boy and girl will meet and kiss and swear,
That nobody can love their way again
While over there
You will have smiled, I shall have tossed your hair.
– Charlotte May Mew

70. Happy have we met,
Happy have we been,
Happy did we part,
Happy meet again.
– From the folk song “Happy Meeting Again”

71. Tho’ lost to sight, to memory dear
Thou ever wilt remain.
– Robert Burns

72. Into this universe, and why not knowing,
Nor whence, like water willy-nilly flowing;
And out of it, as wind along the waste,
I know not whither, willy-nilly blowing.
– Omar Khayyám.

73. “Life, like a dome of many-colored glass, Stains the white radiance of eternity”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley

74. Or soar aloft to be the spangled skies
And gaze upon her with a thousand eyes.
– Coleridge

75. We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun, we all shine on, come on and on and on…
– John Lennon

76. Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
– John Whittier

77. After life’s fitful fever
He sleeps well.
– William Shakespeare

78. So long as men can breathe, and eyes can see,
so long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
– William Shakespeare

79. “I shall not wholly die; And, even as these broken lines are pieced, together by thy reading, so shall I, Be gathered up and pieced into the face. And body of a new life”
– John Clare

80. That twilight of enchanted days –
The imperishable past.
– Frederick Myers

81. Let your soul stand cool and composed
before a million universes.
– Walt Whitman

82. What sound was that?….
It was the breath
we took when we first met.
Listen. It is here.
– Harold Pinter

83. For her in vain the envious seasons roll
Who bears eternal summer in her soul.
– Nathaniel Parker Willis

84. Like stars to their appointed height they climb,
…..And move like winds of light on dark and stormy air.
– Keats

85. Never the spirit was born; the spirit shall cease to be never;
Never was time it was not; end and beginning are dreams!
Birthless and deathless and changeless remaineth the spirit for ever.
– Edwin Arnold

86. “Reader, if you’re passing by, And wondering why I lie, Here, beneath this heap of stone, It’s because I’m dead and gone”
– Samuel Rogers

87. “Here lies, to each her parents, (persons names.) Yet all heaven’s gifts being heaven’s due, It makes the father less to rue.”
– Robert Herrick

88. Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings
to be lost in the blue of the sky.
– Amelia Burr

89. I have to believe
That you still exist,
– Ann Thorp

90. And bursting in its beauty and its might
From trees and beasts and men into the Heaven’s light.
– Keats

91. In memory is the most beautiful refuge.
– Paolo Cognetti

92. I am gone into the fields to take what this sweet hour yields.
– Shelley

93. So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.
– Tennyson

94. When it is dark enough you can see the stars.
– Charles A Beard

95. Behind the clouds is the sun still shining.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

96. Keep my memory green.
– Charles Dickens

97. Hitch your wagon to a star.
– Emerson

98. Some days there won’t be a song in your heart, sing anyway.
– Emory Austin

99. In the garden wet with rain, and our souls were young again.
– lyrics by Van Morrison

100. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

101 Bend closer, listen, I love you.
– Alden Nowlan

102. Tears water our growth
– William Shakespeare

103. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
– Abraham Lincoln

104. Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.
– Walt Whitman

105. Do anything, but let it produce joy.
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

106. Grief is the price we pay for love.
– Queen Elizabeth II

107- Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full dazzling.
– Walt Whitman

108. Say not “Good night” but in some brighter clime, bid me “Good morning.”
– Anna Laetitia Barbauld

109. Loved with such love, and with such sorrow mourned.
– Wordsworth

110. The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
– Cicero

111. How strange this fear of death! We are never frightened at a sunset.
– George MacDonald

112. Many waters cannot quench love.
– Song of Solomon

113. Love itself will slumber on.
– Shelley

114. Nothing gold can stay.
– Robert Frost

115. No one thinks of winter when the grass is green.
– Kipling

116. May the countryside and the gliding valley streams content me.
– Virgil

117. The past is not dead, it is living in us.
– William Morris

118. If you can remember me, I will be with you, always.
Isabel Allende

119. Frolic in the land of forever with me.
– Rae Hachton

120. The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.
– Irving Berlin

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