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DEATH
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Pliny hath an odd and remarkable Passage concerning the Death of Men and Animals upon the Recess or Ebb of the Sea.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Letter to a Friend
         (sec. 7)

The thousand doors that lead to death.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. I, sec XLIV)

A little before you made a leap in the dark.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Works (II, 236)

Death upon his face
  Is rather shine than shade,
    A tender shine by looks beloved made.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

O Earth, so full of dreary noises!
  O men, with wailing in your voices!
    O delved gold, the wader's heap!
      O strife, O curse, that o'er it fall!
        God makes a silence through you all,
          And "giveth His beloved, sleep."
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When the dust of death has choked a great man's voice, the common words he said turn oracles, the common thoughts he yoked like horses draw like griffins.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

For I say, this is death and the sole death,
  When a man's loss comes to him from his gain,
    Darkness from light, from knowledge ignorance,
      And lack of love from love made manifest.
      - Robert Browning, A Death in the Desert

The grand perhaps.
      - Robert Browning, Bishop Blougram's Apology

Approach thy grave like one that wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Death should come
  Gently to one of gentle mould, like thee,
    As light winds, wandering through groves of bloom,
      Detach the delicate blossoms from the tree,
        Close thy sweet eyes calmly, and without pain,
          And we will trust in God to see thee yet again.
      - William Cullen Bryant

So live, that, when thy summons comes to join
  The innumerable caravan, that moves
    To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
      His chamber in the silent halls of death,
        Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
          Scourged to his dungeon; but sustain'd and sooth'd
            By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
              Like one that draws the drapery of his couch
                About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
      - William Cullen Bryant

All that tread
  The globe are but a handful to the tribes
    That slumber in its bosom.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Thanatopsis

Sustained and soothed
  By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
    Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch
      About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Thanatopsis

As the films of clay are removed from our eyes, Death loses the false aspect of the spectre, and we fall at last into its arms as a wearied child upon the bosom of its mother.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Death is the only monastery; the tomb is the only cell, and the grave that adjoins the convent is the bitterest mock of its futility.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

To how many is the death of the beloved the parent of faith!
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

To mourn deeply for the death of another loosens from myself the petty desire for, and the animal adherence to life. We have gained the end of the philosopher, and view without shrinking the coffin and the pall.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

There is no finite life except unto death; no death except unto higher life.
      - Baron Christian Karl Josias von Bunsen

Let dissolution come when it will, it can do the Christian no harm, for it will be but a passage out of a prison into a palace; out of a sea of troubles into a haven of rest; out of a crowd if enemies to an innumerable company of true, loving, and faithful friends; out of shame, reproach, and contempt, into exceeding great and eternal glory.
      - John Bunyan

So he passed over and all the trumpets sounded
  For him on the other side.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
         (close of pt. II),
        Death of Valiant for Truth

The dead ride swiftly.
  [Ger., Die Todtem reiten schnell.]
      - Gottfried Augustus Burger, Leonore

O death! the poor man's dearest friend,
  The kindest and the best!
    Welcome the hour, my aged limbs
      Are laid with thee at rest!
      - Robert Burns

But, oh! fell Death's untimely frost,
  That nipt my flower sae early.
      - Robert Burns, Highland Mary

Dying visions of angels and Christ and God and heaven are confined to credibly good men. Why do not bad men have such visions? They die of all sorts of diseases; they have nervous temperaments; they even have creeds and hopes about the future which they cling to with very great tenacity; why do not they rejoice in some such glorious illusions when they go out of the world?
      - Enoch Fitch Burr

There is only rest and peace
  In the city of Surcease
    From the failings and the wailings 'neath the sun,
      And the wings of the swift years
        Beat but gently o'er the biers
          Making music to the sleepers every one.
      - Richard Eugene Burton, City of the Dead


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