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Hi,

I am trying to find the author of poem that I want to read at my mother's funeral, can you help please?

Miss me but let me go          

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free

Miss me a while, but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
(Miss me but let me go)
This was something I had to do.
I needed to be free.

For this is a journey that we must take
And each must go alone
Itís a step in the Masterís plan
A step on the road to home
..etc.

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Dear Barbara:

Most of the poetry anthologies -- in print and online -- list the author as "unknown" or "anonymous."  However, some sources attribute the poem to Edgar A. Guest, who was noted for
his inspirational poetry.

I cannot offer proof that Guest is the poet.  I can only surmise that he is.

Here is the final verse from one version of the poem [and there are several versions]:

For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone.
Itís all a part of the masterís plan, a step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know.
Bear your sorrow in good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.

*** Here is the complete poem that is attributed to Edgar A. Guest:

Miss me but let me go
by Edgar Albert Guest

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free!
Miss me a little - but not for long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me, but let me go.

For this journey that we all must take
And each must go alone;
It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know,
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me, but let me go.

*** I am sorry for the loss of your mother.  I hope that the poem will be a little support for you, in this time of sadness.

Ted Nesbitt

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I am a reference librarian and a former advanced placement English teacher. I can help identify poems, and I can define literary terms. In the area of literary criticism or analyses of specific poems, my experience and interests are these: Shakespeare, 18th- and 19th-century English literature, and American literature. I prefer short, specific questions on particular authors, poems, terms, or literary movements. I will not edit lengthy submissions or write students` assignments.

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