Death Be Not Proud   2 comments

Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA (August 22, 2021) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This morning I received word that the husband of Linda Parrish, a friend, and co-worker at Texas A&M, 
had passed away October 29, 2021. Paul Austin Parrish was 77 years old.

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

— John Donne

2 responses to “Death Be Not Proud

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  1. Yes, i told my wife on the day she died that death was too superficial to keep us apart for very long. 😊

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