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Does anyone know the quote I'm talking about?

Asked by ScottyMcGeester (1587points) February 26th, 2013

I was at a professor’s lecture and she used a quote I really liked, but dang I lost it once I returned home. It started with “Stand with me” and then went on about stars and hills. I forgot the rest and who said it. I’ve been searching for it but every stupid search engine leads me to “Stand by Me” the movie, or song lyrics.

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SamandMax's avatar

It may help at this point – because I’m pretty stuck on it too – to mention what the subject matter of the lecture was, and/or in what context the quote was used.

syz's avatar

This is the closest thing I can find:

Taking a Stand

I ask you to stand with me
For both the injured and the lost
I ask you to keep count with me
Of all the wars and what they cost
I ask you to be silent with me
Quietly grateful for our lot
As I expect you’re as thankful as me
For the health and life we’ve got
I ask that you wish them well with me
All those still risking their all
And I ask that you remember with me
The names of those that fall
I expect that you are proud like me
Of this great nation of ours too
So enjoying all its freedoms like me
Support those upholding them for you
I hope that you are hopeful like me
That we’ll soon bring an end to wars
So you’ll have to stand no more with me
And mourning families no different from yours
‘Til then be thankful you can stand with me
Thinking of those who now cannot
For standing here today with me
At least we show they’re not forgot

By John Bailey (or John Carré Buchanan, I’ve found it credited to both)

(There are also some lyrics from The Epilogue, Les Miserables, but they don’t seem quite right. And The Sheep in the Ruins by Archibald MacLeish)

Unbroken's avatar

Was it a poem or several stanzas or just a single verse. Maybe a couple of sentences?

Unbroken's avatar

On an anniversary
by Donald Justice
Thirty years and more go by
In the blinking of an eye,

And you are still the same
As when first you took my name.

Much the same blush now as then
Glimmers through the peach-pale skin.

Time (but as with a glove)
Lightly touches you, my love.

Stand with me a minute still
While night climbs our little hill.

Below, the lights of cars
Move, and overhead the stars.

The estranging years have come,
Come and gone, and we are home.

Time joins us as a friend,
And the evening has no end.

This is an adaptation of Mary Frye’s poem that actually according to wiki spawned quite a few other works…
Do not stand with me and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand with me and cry,
I am not there, I did not die…

One of which I was particularly captivated by although it seems a little off base here I will include it on it’s sheer loveliness. I am a Thousand Winds

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