A Fragment of Seneca Translated

Lord John Wilmot 1647 (Ditchley, Oxfordshire) – 1680 (Woodstock, Oxfordshire)



After Death nothing is, and nothing, death,
The utmost limit of a gasp of breath.
Let the ambitious zealot lay aside
His hopes of heaven, whose faith is but his pride;
Let slavish souls lay by their fear
Nor be concerned which way nor where
After this life they shall be hurled.
Dead, we become the lumber of the world,
And to that mass of matter shall be swept
Where things destroyed with things unborn are kept.
Devouring time swallows us whole.
Impartial death confounds body and soul.
For Hell and the foul fiend that rules
God's everlasting fiery jails
(Devised by rogues, dreaded by fools),
With his grim, grisly dog that keeps the door,
Are senseless stories, idle tales,
Dreams, whimseys, and no more.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme AABBCDEEFFGGHIHJIJ
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 700
Words 127
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 18

Lord John Wilmot

John Wilmot was an English poet and courtier of King Charles II's Restoration court. more…

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