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DEATH
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Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell upon the ground, and worshipped,
  And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
      - Bible, Job (ch. I, v. 20-21)

He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
      - Bible, Job (ch. VII, v. 10)

Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
  A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
      - Bible, Job (ch. X, v. 21-22)

When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XVI, v. 22)

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. III, v. 9)

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
      - Bible,
        also see Proverbs, ch. XXIV, v. 33-34,
        Proverbs (ch. VI, v. 10-11)

I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXXXII, v. 6-7)

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
      - Bible, Revelation (ch. VI, v. 8)

Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.
      - Bion of Smyrna

But know that thou must render up the dead,
  And with high interest too! they are not thine
    But only in thy keeping for a season,
      Till the great promis'd day of restitution;
        When loud diffusive sound of brazen trump
          Of strong-lung'd cherub shall alarm thy captives,
            And rouse the long, long sleepers into life,
              Daylight and liberty.
      - Hugh Blair

On this side and on that, men see their friends
  Drop off like leaves in autumn.
      - Hugh Blair

How shocking must thy summons be, O Death!
  To him that is at ease in his possessions:
    Who, counting on long years of pleasure here,
      Is quite unfurnish'd for that world to come!
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 350)

Sure 'tis a serious thing to die! My soul!
  What a strange moment it be, when, near
    Thy journey's end, thou hast the gulf in view!
      That awful gulf, no mortal e'er repass'd
        To tell what's doing on the other side.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 369)

'Tis long since Death had the majority.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 451)

Beyond the shining and the shading
  I shall be soon.
    Beyond the hoping and the dreading
      I shall be soon.
        Love, rest and home--
          Lord! tarry not, but come.
      - Horatius Bonar, D.D.,
        Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping

Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Burial of the Dead

In the midst of life we are in death.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Burial of the Dead

Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        quoted from Job, ch. XIV, v. 1,
        Burial of the Dead

When I lived, I provided for everything but death; now I must die, and am unprepared.
      - Cesare Borgia

The angel of Death has been abroad throughout the land; you may almost hear the beating of his wings.
      - John Bright

'Mid youth and song, feasting and carnival,
  Through laughter, through the roses, as of old
    Comes Death, on shadowy and relentless feet
      Death, unappeasable by prayer or gold;
        Death is the end, the end.
          Proud, then clear-eyed and laughing, go to greet
            Death as a friend!
      - Rupert Brooke, Second Best

Oh! death will find me, long before I tire
  Of watching for you; and swing me suddenly
    Into the shade and loneliness and mire
      Of the last land!
      - Rupert Brooke, Sonnet,
        (collection 1908 - 1911)

You can't get out of life alive.
      - Les Brown

The human animal dances wildest on the edge of the grave.
      - Rita Mae Brown

We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
      - Sir Thomas Browne


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