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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1217
AUTHOR: Thomas F. Healey
QUOTATION: Don’t strew me with roses after I’m dead.
When Death claims the light of my brow,
No flowers of life will cheer me: instead
You may give me my roses now!
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS F. HEALEY, “Give Me My Roses Now.”—The Home Book of Quotations, ed. Burton Stevenson, 10th ed., p. 1578 (1967). Unverified.
SUBJECTS: Mortality