"What the Dead Know" is a poem of Ashe's, that she recites to Jame when she visits her at Tentir at the beginning of Honor's Paradox.[1]

In the dedication, P. C. Hodgell gives credit for the poem to Ry Herman.[2]

The dead know only what concerns the dead
And what concerns the dead is more than death
Unsettled crimes and unrequited passions
All matters left unfinished in their fashions
Are whispered among those who lack for breath.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Honor's Paradox, "Chapter I: Songs in the Night", II
  2. Honor's Paradox, "Dedication and Maps"