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Rejoice, For Thou Shalt Die

Donald P. Goodman III

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Rejoice, young man! for thou shalt die, and dwell no more beneath the sky, no more to mundane chores to hie, nor sweat beneath the sun at noon; no more to grief and sorrow sigh, in waking restlessness to lie, nor shiver, bundled in reply to frigid cold beneath the moon.
Be sad, young man! For death will come; ready or not, thou shalt succumb; thy laughing mouth will soon by mum, thy shining eyes but pits of black; before thou know'st, thy limbs will numb, thy brilliant mind struck dark and dumb, thine happy joys turn'd bitter, glum; departing, never coming back.
Rejoice, young man! beyond the pale of death resides a finer vale, a vale of joy which cannot fail, of joy beyond what thou canst know; beyond these circles thou shalt hail a joy beyond all though and tale, beyond all measure and all scale; beyond these circles, seek to go.