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Ere the dolphin dies
  Its hues are brightest. Like an infant's breath
    Are tropic winds before the voice of death.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck, Fortune

Come to the bridal-chamber, Death!
  Come to the mother's, when she feels,
    For the first time, her first-born's breath!
      Come when the blessed seals
        That close the pestilence are broke,
          And crowded cities wail its stroke!
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck, Marco Bozzaris

All life is surrounded by a great circumference of death; but to the believer in Jesus, beyond this surrounding death is a boundless sphere of life. He has only to die once to be done with death forever.
      - James Hamilton

And now, with busy, but noiseless process, the Comforter is giving the last finish to the sanctifying work, and making the heir of glory meet for home, till, at a given signal, the portal opens, and even the numb body feels the burst of blessedness as the rigid features smile and say, "I see Jesus," then leave the vision pictured on the pale but placid brow.
      - James Hamilton

"Come and see how a Christian can die," said the dying sage to his pupil; how would it do to say, "Come and see how an infidel can die?"--How would it have done for Voltaire to say this, who, in his panic at the prospect of eternity, offered his physician half his fortune for six weeks more of life?
      - James Hamilton

Seek such union to the Son of God as, leaving no present death within, shall make the second death impossible, and shall leave in all your future only that shadow of death which men call dissolution, and which the gospel calls sleeping in Jesus.
      - James Hamilton

We shall be in the midst of some great work, when the tools shall drop from our relaxing fingers, and we shall work no more; we shall be planning some mighty project--house, business, society, book--when in one shattering moment all our thoughts shall perish. Life shall seem strong in us when we shall find that it is done. Oh, how happy they to whom all that remains is immortality; happy you who have that confidence in the Saviour, that, although nature start at the sudden midnight cry, "The Bridegroom cometh!" faith shall answer, the moment that we remember who He is, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus!"
      - James Hamilton

When at last the angels come to convey your departing spirit to Abraham's bosom, depend upon it, however dazzling in their newness they may be to you, you will find that your history is no novelty, and you yourself no stranger to them.
      - James Hamilton

If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.
      - Dag Hammarskjold

The ancients dreaded death: the Christian can only fear dying.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

And I hear from the outgoing ship in the bay
  The song of the sailors in glee:
    So I think of the luminous footprints that bore
      The comfort o'er dark Galilee,
        And wait for the signal to go to the shore,
          To the ship that is waiting for me.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        The Two Ships

Death is so genuine a fact that it excludes falsehoods, or betrays its emptiness; it is a touchstone that proves the gold, and dishonors the baser metal.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Death possesses a good deal, of real estate, namely, the graveyard in every town.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Earth has one angel less, and heaven one more since yesterday. Already, kneeling at the throne, she has received her welcome, and is resting on the bosom of her Saviour.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

If human love hath power to penetrate the veil--and hath it not?--then there are yet living here a few who have the blessedness of knowing that an angel loves them.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is not strange that that early love of the heart should come back, as it so often does when the dim eye is brightening with its last light. It is not strange that the freshest fountains the heart has ever known in its wastes should bubble up anew when the lifeblood is growing stagnant. It is not strange that a bright memory should come to a dying old man, as the sunshine breaks across the hills at the close of a stormy day; nor that in the light of that ray, the very clouds that made the day dark should grow gloriously beautiful.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is very singular how the fact of a man's death often seems to give people a truer idea of his character, whether for good or evil, than they have ever possessed while he was living and acting among them.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream--it may be so the moment after death.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

No young man believes he shall ever die.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Our repugnance to death increases in proportion to our consciousness of having lived in vain.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The fear of approaching death, which in youth we imagine must cause inquietude to the aged, is very seldom the source of much uneasiness.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We do not die wholly at our deaths: we have mouldered away gradually long before. Faculty after faculty, interest after interest, attachment after attachment disappear; we are torn from ourselves while living, year after year sees us no longer the same, and death only consigns the last fragment of what we were to the grave.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

On a lone barren isle, where the wild roaring billows
  Assail the stern rock, and the loud tempests rave,
    The hero lies still, while the dew-drooping willows,
      Like fond weeping mourners, lean over his grave.
        The lightnings may flash and the loud thunders rattle;
          He heeds not, he hears not; he's free from all pain.
            He sleeps his last sleep, he has fought his last battle;
              No sound can awake him to glory again!
      - attributed to Lyman Heath,
        The Grave of Bonaparte

When the veil of death has been drawn between us and the objects of our regard, how quick-sighted do we become to their merits, and how bitterly do we remember words, or even looks, of unkindness which may have escaped in our intercourse with them.
      - Reginald Heber

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