Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Mountain Grave

A Mountain Grave

Why fear to die And let thy body lie Under the flowers of June,   Thy body food   For the ground-worms' brood And thy grave smiled on by the visiting moon.  Amid great Nature's halls Girt in by mountain walls And washed with waterfalls It would please me to die,   Where every wind that swept my tomb   Goes loaded with a free perfume Dealt out with a God's charity.  I should like to die in sweets, A hill's leaves for winding-sheets, And the searching sun to see That I am laid with decency. And the commissioned wind to sing His mighty psalm from fall to spring And annual tunes commemorate Of Nature's child the common fate.

Williamstown, Vermont, 1 June, 1831.