“and so we melt away by drops”

May 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Every thing, every day suffers some eclipse, and nothing stands in a stay, but one Creature calls to another, “Let us leave the World.” Our fathers summoned us, and we shall summon our children to the grave. First we wax old, then we wax dry, then we wax weak, then we wax sick, and so we melt away by drops. At last as we carried, so others carry us unto the grave. This is the last bed which every man shall sleep in. We must return to our mother’s womb.

— Henry Smith, “The Godly Man’s Request”

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