Do not stand at my grave and weep

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Year of composition
attributed to Mary E. Frye
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
3 minutes
Classical music
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To be performed with the utmost regard for the phrasing. Small gaps of silence, where appropriate should be occasionally inserted between phrases but of course not to the point where it interferes with the 'flow' Research into the copyright situation regarding the words of the poem, "Do not stand at my grave and weep", indicates that the version of words I have used in my song are the original as written by Mary Elizabeth Frye. Information on the following web page clearly illustrates this. Mary Frye never claimed copyright of the poem, and although apparently others have rewritten/added sections, claiming copyright specifically on those sections, this does not affect the original version I have used here.nLink: -n is the section which refers to an interview with Mary Frye in 2000 in CBC Radio that is particularly relevant.nI would also draw attention to the following quote from the above website which I believe to be particularly pertinent: -n"Given the popularity and poignant nature of Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep, increasing numbers of people have an interest in using the words for songwriting and/or performance, or for some other usage which in the case of other copyright-protected works would usually warrant permission or licence from the author or rights holder.nIn the case of Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep however such permission is arguably unnecessary, and is actually impossible to obtain, since ownership is not absolutely proven.nFor what it's worth, if you are wondering about copyright, usage, permission, attribution, my view is that the 'original' version(s) of the poem (attributed to Mary Frye) are not subject to copyright restriction, because these versions are regarded now to be in the public domain; moreover no author has to date successfully established any copyright control over the 'original' versions of the work and is now probably never likely to do so.nThe best available information - and therefore the default attribution statement for most people, until and unless better evidence is found - is that the ('original' Mary Frye) words of Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep are 'attributed to Mary E Frye, 1932'.n

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