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The grave is Heaven's golden gate, And rich and poor around it wait; O Shepherdess of England's fold, Behold this gate of pearl and gold! - William Blake,

William Blake Quotes , Source: Dedication of the Designs to Blair's "Grave"--TO Queen Charlotte

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Gravestones tell truth scarce forty years.

Sir Thomas Browne Quotes , Source: Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

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The solitary, silent, solemn scene, Where Caesars, heroes, peasants, hermits lie, Blended in dust together; where the slave Rests from his labors; where th' insulting proud Resigns his powers; the miser drops his hoard: Where human folly sleeps.

John Dyer Quotes , Source: Ruins of Rome (l. 540)

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For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

Bible Quotes , Source: Job (ch. XXX, v. 23)

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O how small a portion of earth will hold us when we are dead, who ambitiously seek after the whole world while we are living.

Philip Ii Quotes

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The grave's the market place.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: Death and the Lady, a ballad in Dixon's "Ballads", the Percy Society

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By Nebo's lonely mountain, On this side Jordan's wave, In a vale in the land of Moab, There lies a lonely grave; But no man built that sepulcher, And no man saw it e'er, For the angels of God upturned the sod And laid the dead man there.

Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander Quotes , Source: Burial of Moses

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Mine be the breezy hill that skirts the down; Where a green grassy turf is all I crave, With here and there a violet bestrown, Fast by a brook or fountain's murmuring wave; And many an evening sun shine sweetly on my grave.

James Beattie Quotes , Source: The Minstrel (bk. II, st. 17)

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Here's an acre sown indeed, With the richest royalest seed.

Francis Beaumont Quotes , Source: on the tombs in Westminster Abbey

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One foot in the grave.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Quotes , Source: The Little French Lawyer (act I, sc. 1)

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Nigh to a grave that was newly made, Leaned a sexton old on his earth-worn spade.

Park Benjamin Quotes , Source: The Old Sexton

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And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.

Bible Quotes , Source: Deuteronomy (ch. XXXIV, v. 6)

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The grave, dread thing! Men shiver when thou'rt named: Nature appalled, Shakes off her wonted firmness.

Robert Blair Quotes , Source: The Grave

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See yonder maker of the dead man's bed, The sexton, hoary-headed chronicle, Of hard, unmeaning face, down which ne'er stole A gentle tear.

Robert Blair Quotes , Source: The Grave (l. 451)

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Build me a shrine, and I could kneel To rural Gods, or prostrate fall; Did I not see, did I not feel. That One Great Spirit governs all. O Heaven, permit that I may lie Where o'er my corse green branches wave; And those who from life's tumults fly With kindred feelings press my grave.

Robert Bloomfield Quotes , Source: Love of the Country (st. 4)

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He that unburied lies wants not his hearse, For unto him a tomb's the Universe.

Sir Thomas Browne Quotes , Source: Religio Medici (pt. I, sec. XLI)

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I gazed upon the glorious sky And the green mountains round, And thought that when I came to lie At rest within the ground, 'Twere pleasant, that in flowery June When brooks send up a cheerful tune, And groves a joyous sound, The sexton's hand, my grave to make, The rich, green mountain-turf should break.

William Cullen Bryant Quotes , Source: June

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I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard, than in the tombs of the Capulets.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Letter to Matthew Smith

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Perhaps the early grave Which men weep over may be meant to save.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto IV, st. 12)

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Of all The fools who flock'd to swell or see the show Who car'd about the corpse? The funeral Made the attraction, and the black the woe; There throbb'd not there a thought which pierc'd the pall.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Vision of Judgment (st. 10)

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What's hallowed ground? Has earth a clod Its Maker mean'd not should be trod By man, the image of his God, Erect and free, Unscourged by Superstition's rod.

Thomas Campbell Quotes , Source: Hallowed Ground

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But an untimely grave.

Thomas Carew Quotes , Source: On the Duke of Buckingham

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(Julian would learn something) even if he had one foot in the grave. [Lat., Etsi alterum pedem in sepulchro haberem.]

Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus Quotes , Source: quoting Pomponius, of Julian, original phrase one foot in the ferry boat, Charon's boat

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Alas, poor Tom! how oft, with merry heart, Have we beheld thee play the Sexton's part; Each comic heart must now be grieved to see The Sexton's dreary part performed on thee.

Robert Fergusson Quotes , Source: Epigram on the Death of Mr. Thomas Lancashire, comedian

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Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast, The little tyrant of his fields withstood, Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest, Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood.

Thomas Gray Quotes , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard

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