Remember Me As You Pass By

Picture of the Lewis family grave plot in Palmer Pioneer Cemetery Alaska.

Remember me as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so you will be,
Prepare yourself to follow me.

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11 Responses to Remember Me As You Pass By

  1. Grubmeyer says:

    Honestly, the chairs on the gravesite is kinda freaky. Liked the poem though. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anita says:

      I dunno, I’m always wishing I had a chair or a bench to sit on whenever I visit Jody’s grave. When I go I’m usually there practically the whole day so it would be nice to have a place to sit instead of the ground, especially if it’s been raining. No chairs or benches are allowed at that cemetery though unless you count the sparsely placed memorial benches… which are beautiful but I’m guessing not at all comfortable.

    • Jennifer says:

      I agree with Anita, I like the benches on the grave sites, it makes them more inviting, and you feel like people visit and stay a while because they are comfortable. I think it is not the norm though, considering most grave sites do not have benches at them.

      I am glad you liked the poem, there are many variations of it…some more…uh…morbid than this one lol.

  2. sunny says:

    To follow you
    I’m not content,
    Until I know
    Which way you went.


    • Jenn says:


      I really like this little addition to the poem! I love imagining kind of “the other side of the coin” when reading stories or poetry. Very interesting.


    • Heather Estrada says:

      I read and have known the first verse of this for over 50 years it is on a gravestone at a cemetery in the gold mining town of Whroo, Victoria Australia, I once new the second verse but had forgotten it, thanks for helping me out. regards Heather

      • Janet Askew says:

        I have 3 verses to the poem: “Remember, Man, that passeth by,
        As thou art now–so once was I; And as I, so must thou be–
        Prepare thyself to follow me.” “I’ve gone before and left
        behind Unfinished tasks for you to mind; Like I–you, too will
        never know When He will call and you must go.” “Remember,
        Man, as here you pause; Life should be lived for good cause;
        As those unfinished tasks you view Keep the faith I bequeath
        to you.”

  3. susan jones says:

    i saw the poem in the bible once but forgot where. traveler as you pass by . Do you know where in the bible. thanks.

    • Jenn says:


      The earliest mention of it I can find was on a headstone in Scotland in 1666. After the small amount of research I did, I could not find the origins of the poem. I could not find any reference to it ever being in the bible. It seems that many people have tried to find the origin, but it may be one thing that is forever lost to history.


    • Susan Smith says:

      Susan Jones, I don’t believe that poem is in the bible but I did fine this maybe this will help……..This quote is from an epitaph on a grave of an unknown person in Tasmania, Australia. It reads: “Stop ye travelers as you pass by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, soon you shall be – Prepare yourself to follow me.” !

  4. Alan James Solender says:

    To follow you is not my intent till I know which way you went

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