Tag Archives: Death

Dirge Without Music: Edna St Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground. So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind: Into the darkness they go, the wise and … Continue reading

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No Time To Make New Enemies: Anon

An old lady in church was seen to bow her head whenever the name of Satan was mentioned. One day the minister met her and asked her why she did so. ‘Well’, she replied, ‘politeness costs nothing—and you never know.’ … Continue reading

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Time: Hector Berlioz

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. Hector Berlioz The illustration is copyright: Suzanne Tucker via Shutterstock

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Seasons In The Sun: Rod McKuen

Seasons In The Sun Goodbye to you, my trusted friend. We’ve known each other since we’re nine or ten. Together we climbed hills or trees. Learned of love and ABC’s, skinned our hearts and skinned our knees. Goodbye my friend, … Continue reading

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We Shall Not Cease From Exploration: T S Eliot

What we call the beginning is often the end And to make and end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. And every phrase And sentence that is right (where every word is at home, … Continue reading

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Because I Could Not Stop For Death: Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death— He kindly stopped for me— The Carriage held but just Ourselves— And Immortality. We slowly drove—He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility— … Continue reading

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Life’s Journey To Its Very End: Christina Rossetti

Does the road wind uphill all the way? Yes, to the very end. Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend. But is there for the night a resting-place? A roof for when … Continue reading

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Old Age: Maurice Chevalier

Being 70 years old is not bad – when you consider the alternative Maurice Chevalier (1889-1972) The song ‘I remember it well’ is from the film ‘Gigi’

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Be Near Me When My Light Is Low: Tennyson

Be near me when my light is low, When the blood creeps, and the nerves prick And tingle; and the heart is sick, And all the wheels of Being slow. Be near me when the sensuous frame Is rack’d with … Continue reading

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The Astronomer’s Epitaph

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night Epitaph on the grave of an unknown astronomer The illustration is ‘Wonders of the night sky map 26’ from Popular Science Monthly Volume 47 1895, by an unknown author. … Continue reading

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