Surprised by Hope

6 Feb

352 pages of sheer goodness…

Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those who thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but they pictures be,
Much pleasure–then, from thee much more must flow;
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well,
And better than thy stroke. Why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more. Death, thou shalt die.

N.T. Wright quotes these words of John Donne (from his writing I guess he hung out with Shakespear) then makes these statements:
“Death is a great enemy, but it has been conquered and will at the last be conquered fully.”
“Death is important, it is an enemy, but for the Christian, it is a beaten enemy.”
“Donne sees life after death in two stages: first, a short sleep, then an eternal waking.”
“Death will be not simply redefined but defeated.”


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