part of a sermon by HS Holland, canon of Christ Church, Oxford

“The text is part of a sermon delivered by Henry Scott Holland, canon of Christ Church, Oxford, following the death of King Edward VII in May 1910.”

 

                 I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the same easy way you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

 

                  Let my name be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is absolute and unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.

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