Joshua bar Joseph (nazarene_josh) wrote,
Joshua bar Joseph

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A reading.

This is popular at Quaker funerals. It's nice, isn't it? Very true, and very simple. Kind of like them, now that I think of it. *laughs*

And this is the Comfort of the Good,
that the grave cannot hold them,
and that they live as soon as they die.
For Death is no more
than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
Death, then, being the way and condition of Life,
we cannot love to live,
if we cannot bear to die.

They that love beyond the World, cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies.
Nor can Spirits ever be divided
that love and live in the same Divine Principle,
the Root and Record of their Friendship.
If Absence be not death, neither is theirs.

Death is but Crossing the World, as Friends do the Seas...

William Penn, 1693

ooc: A friend died a year ago today. In her memory, you know? It's a favorite of mine, and she'd've liked it a lot.
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