Morituri te Salutant
All Fool’s Day seems an appropriate time to post a short piece about; Morituri te Salutant, Jean-Léon Gérôme, John Donne, Christina Rossetti, Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Winnie the Pooh, an allusion to H. Rider Haggard (well, more Horace Rumpole really): leading to the ‘Money Advice Service’ on UK funeral costs.
For those who wish to know more about this painting and Jean-Léon Gérôme, watch at least the first ten minutes of John Walsh’s Lecture Video in the link above or at Let This Be a Lesson: Lecture 11.
As virtuous men pass mildly away,And whisper to their souls to go,Whilst some of their sad friends do sayThe breath goes now, and some say, No:
Then some time later Christina Rossetti, while still in her late teens, wrote the poems When I am dead, my dearest and Remember. Not metaphysical but they are equally memorable.
When I am dead, my dearest,Sing no sad songs for me;Plant thou no roses at my head,Nor shady cypress tree:Be the green grass above meWith showers and dewdrops wet;And if thou wilt, remember,And if thou wilt, forget.
Remember me when I am gone away,Gone far away into the silent land;When you can no more hold me by the hand,Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians
However, the various interpretations of the context to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians discombobulate me and I am more inclined to read Winnie the Pooh (despite my predisposition for long words like discombobulate and predisposition).
“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
― A.A. Milne,
Next month I shall be 79 years old and have (up until this point) been somewhat ambivalent about death. Nevertheless, for me the considerations of my demise and the prompting of my research into funeral costs was interesting (sort of) — as Pooh said:
I used to believe in forever, but forever’s too good to be true.
The link below (and the links it contains) that I found to funeral costs and associated matters has influenced my thoughts and were it not for some prompting from Ayesha I would not have looked for it. My research has caused me to digress even further from my original thoughts, which were how to introduce the following link to those it may interest.
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