Eripitur persona, manet res
September 25, 2013 § 2 Comments
Death meets us everywhere and is procured by every instrument and in all chances, and enters in at many doors: by violence and secret influence, by the aspect of a star and the stink of a mist, by the emissions of a cloud and the meeting of a vapor, by the fall of a chariot and the stumbling at a stone, by a full meal or an empty stomach, by watching at the wine or by watching at prayers, by the sun or the moon, by a heat or a cold, by sleepless nights or sleeping days, by water frozen into the hardness and sharpness of a dagger, or water thawed into the floods of a river, by a hair or a raisin, by violent motion or sitting still, by severity or dissolution, by God’s mercy or God’s anger, by everything in providence and everything in manners, by everything in nature, and everything in chance. Eripitur persona, manet res [The person is snatched away, the goods remain]; we take pains to heap up things useful in our life and get our death in the purchase . . . .
– Rev. Jeremy Taylor, from The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying