Biography of Mary Elizabeth Frye

If Mary Frye’s life hadn’t lasted almost a hundred years, we probably wouldn’t have known she was a poet. She wrote her only famous poem, do not stand at my grave, when she was 28 and very soon it spread all around the world. Yet, Frye didn’t reveal she was the author of the poem until she was in her nineties. The simple twelve-line verse has no title, yet its sincere, consoling, and healing message goes straight to your heart.

Born:  November 13, 1905
Dayton, Ohio


Popular poems by Mary Elizabeth Frye

  1. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Mary Elizabeth Frye death: September 15, 2004, Baltimore, Maryland