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Trying to mimic the sound of a traditional Victorian riddle:

I abide with the dear and departed above,

At the start of a breath, and the closing of love.

I've the power to separate heart, soul, and mind --

Beware! As you meet me, Death follows behind!

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A doctor or mortician

Or maybe a surgeon?!

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is it a kind of bird? .... u know how each bird signifies smth . so yh that's what i'm going for

:P
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memories of some kind?

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It is a feminine contraceptive?

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None of the above; keep trying!

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My guess

A priest.

Death follows because of the last rites

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Nope! The title is actually relevant to the answer.

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hmmmm going for the title...

grim reaper?

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Nope. Don't be misled by the surface reading.

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I abide with the dear and departed above. -afterworld... or sky?... i'm going with sky

At the start of a breath, and the closing of love. - um being born? life?.... then second part.... sadness? death?

I've the power to separate heart, soul, and mind --......interesting power there O_o.... yh all i can think of is religious stuff... -_-

Beware! As you meet me, Death follows behind! reveals answer but god knows what that is...

am i anywhere near anything?

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Nope. Try focusing away from spiritual, metaphysical, and religious matters.

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i want to say the answer is

Time or Age

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fate?

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a widow? or maybe a little more playful - widow-maker? (as in lovemaker (closing of love) and meet your maker)

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A pair of lips may kiss goodbye

And greet each draw of breath

Grant speech - a window to the mind

Or bring a kiss of death

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a hospital?

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(I've given clues to the people who have posted since my last visit. Please ONLY peek at the clue you've earned. If you want a clue, make another guess!)

With each of these answers, your error increases.

Behold! In an instant, I'll sever in pieces

The rest of your age, the whole of your time,

And the sweep of your fate (be it rude or sublime.)

Behind ev'ry widow, there's surely a Death,

But what widow rides with the start of a breath?

No widow can separate heart, soul, and mind.

(But seek me right now, and you'll certainly find.)

Though this is my favorite answer thus far,

The logic is ever-so-slightly bizarre.

Speech separates heart, soul, and mind? That's absurd;

If you hear me at all, it's because I'm unheard!

A hospital's there at the start of your breath;

A hospital surely is haunted by Death.

And yet, such a place can be nothing like me,

For I can cut heart, soul, and mind into three.

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Sheesh this riddle has stumped me for the longest time. My guess after I posted that was

life

but I still have trouble with the separation of heart, soul, and mind. hmmm still have some thinking to do :huh: maybe?

rose?

abide with the dear and departed above = rain

at the start of breath = oxygen the closing of love = rose/flower represents love

power to separate heart, soul, and mind = it doesnt have any of the 3

death follows behind = hard one but poisonous or people who die receive flowers

its a long shot but its the only thing i could think of for now >.>

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So I'm just going to say it.

How about a...

dictionary?

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None of the above two guesses are correct. That said, here is a clue for everyone:

Letter play is a major feature of Victorian-Era riddles.

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bereave?

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Education

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I'm typically to logically thinking for these, but I have been thinking of this answer since I first saw this riddle, so I'll just post it

silent vowels (and diphthongs)

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