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Death Be Not Proud

Death Be Not Proud is a sonnet often used at eulogies and at funerals.


Death be Not Proud
Death Be Not Proud

"Death be Not Proud" is a poem (actually a sonnet) by John Donne (1572-1631). You can listen to an audio version of this poem by clicking here. It is a short poem which should take about a minute and a half to read out loud.

The poem admonishes "death" to not be proud because its achievements are nothing. The poet reminds death that "those it [death] think'st, thou dost overthrow, Die not" but are only sleeping. It is death itself that shall ultimately die, when the Resurrection occurs.

Death be Not Proud

DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then;
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.



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