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What is the grave?
  'Tis a cool, shady harbor, where the Christian
    Wayworn and weary with life's rugged road,
      Forgetting all life's sorrows, joys, and pains,
        Lays his poor body down to rest--
          Sleeps on--and wakes in heaven.
      - Unattributed Author

The grave's the market place.
      - Unattributed Author, Death and the Lady,
        a ballad in Dixon's "Ballads", the Percy Society

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,
        Burial of Moses

The earth doth not cover our beloved, but heaven hath received him; let us tarry for awhile, and we shall be in his company.
      - Saint Basil (Bishop of Caesarea) ("The Great")

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, The Minstrel
         (bk. II, st. 17)

Here's an acre sown indeed,
  With the richest royalest seed.
      - Francis Beaumont,
        on the tombs in Westminster Abbey

One foot in the grave.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Little French Lawyer (act I, sc. 1)

The disciples found angels at the grave of Him they loved; and we should always find them too, but that our eyes are too full of tears for seeing.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

We go to the grave of a friend saying, "A man is dead;" but angels throng about him, saying, "A man is born."
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Nigh to a grave that was newly made,
  Leaned a sexton old on his earth-worn spade.
      - Park Benjamin, The Old Sexton

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, Deuteronomy (ch. XXXIV, v. 6)

For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XXX, v. 23)

Here all the mighty troublers of the earth,
  Who swam to sov'reign rule through seas of blood;
    Th' oppressive, sturdy, man-destroying villains,
      Who ravag'd kingdoms; and laid empires waste,
        And in a cruel wantonness of power
          Thinn'd states of half their people, and gave up
            To want the rest; now, like a storm that's spent,
              Lie hush'd.
      - Hugh Blair

Here the o'erloaded slave flings down his burden
  From his gall'd shoulders; and, when the cruel tyrant,
    With all his guards and tools of power about him,
      Is meditating new, unheard-of hardships,
        Mocks his short arm, and, quick as thought, escapes
          Where tyrants vex not, and the weary rest.
      - Hugh Blair

Under ground
  Precedency's a jest; vassal and lord,
    Grossly familiar, side by side consume.
      - Hugh Blair

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

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, The Grave (l. 451)

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,
        Dedication of the Designs to Blair's "Grave"--To Queen Charlotte

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, Love of the Country
         (st. 4)

Gravestones tell truth scarce forty years.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

He that unburied lies wants not his hearse,
  For unto him a tomb's the Universe.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. I, sec. XLI)

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, June

All that tread
  The globe are but a handful to the tribes
    That slumber in its bosom.
      - William Cullen Bryant, Thanatopsis

The grave is, I suspect, the sole commonwealth which attains that dead flat of social equality that life in its every principle so heartily abhors.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken.
      - Edmund Burke

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