by Elinor Wylie (1885 - 1928)

When I died in Berners Street
Language: English 
When I died in Berners Street
I remember well
That I had lights at head and feet
And a passing bell.

[But]1 when I died in Houndsditch
There came to lay me out
A washerwoman and a witch;
The rats ran about.

When I died in Holburn
In and old house and tall
I know the tapestry was torn
And hanging from the wall.

When I died in Marylebone
I was saying my prayers;
There I died all alone
Up four flights of stairs.

[But]1 when I died near Lincoln's Inn
The small gold I had
Surrounded me with kith and kin;
I died stark mad.

When I died in Bloomsbury
In the bend of your arm,
At the end I died merry
And comforted and warm.

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Confirmed with Elinor Wylie, Selected Works of Elinor Wylie, edited and with an introduction by Evelyn Helmick Hively, Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2005, page 73.

1 omitted by Howe

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