There will be rose and rhododendron
…When you are dead and under ground;
Still will be heard from white syringas
…Heavy with bees, a sunny sound;
Still will the tamaracks be raining
…After the rain has ceased, and still
Will there be robins in the stubble,
…Grey sheep upon the warm green hill.
Spring will not ail nor autumn falter;
…Nothing will know that you are gone, –
Saving alone some sullen plough-land
…None but yourself sets foot upon;
Saving the may-weed and the pig-weed
…Nothing will know that you are dead, –
These, and perhaps a useless wagon
…Standing beside some tumbled shed.
Oh, there will pass with your great passing
…Little of beauty not your own, –
Only the light from common water,
…Only the grace from simple stone!