The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years;
But thou shalt flourish in Immortal youth,
Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crush of words!
- "Inspiration by Pythagoras," by Addison.
I feel my immortality over sweep all pains, all tears, all time, all fears – and peal,
like the eternal thunders of the deep, into my ears this truth thou livest forever! – Byron.
Thy eternal summer shall not fade – Shakespeare.
I am a part of all that I have met. – Tennyson.
It must be so – Plato thou reasonest well! –
Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
This longing after immortality?
Or whence this secret dread and inward horror
Of falling into naught? Why shrinks the soul
Back on herself and starles at destruction?
"Tis the Divinity that stirs within us!
"Tis Heaven itself that points out a hereafter
And intimates Eternity to man. – Addison.
We are born for a higher destiny than earth; there is a realm where the rainbow mover
fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber in the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever. – Bulwer.
"There is no death; what seems so is transition;
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life Elysian
Whose portal we call "death." – Longfellow.
Look Nature through; tis revolution all,
All change; no death. Day follows day, night
The dying day; stars rise and set and set and risr.
Earth takes the example. All to reflourish, fades.
As in a wheel: all sinks to reascend;
Emblem of man who passes, not expires. – Young.
Death is another life. We bow our heads
At going out, we think, and enter straight,
Another chamber of the king's
Larger and lovelier. – Bailey.
- The World's Advance Thought.