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Ignoratur enim, quæ sit natura animai;
Nata sit, an contra nascentibus insinuetur;
Et simul intereat nobiscum, morte diremta,
An tenebras Orci visat, vastasque lacunas:
An pecudes alias divinitus insinuet se.

For it is unknown what is the real nature of the soul, whether it be born with the bodily frame or be infused at the moment of birth, whether it perishes along with us, when death separates the soul and body, or whether it visits the shades of Pluto and bottomless pits, or enters by divine appointment into other animals.

LUCRETIUS-De Rerum Natura. I. 113.

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Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. Luke. XII. 19. Ecclesiastes. VIII. 15.

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In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke. XXI. 19.

(See also ARNOLD)

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This ae nighte, this ae nighte
Every nighte and all;

Fire and sleete, and candle lighte
And Christe receive thye saule.
Lyke-Wake Dirge. In Scorr's Minstrelsy of
the Border. Vol. III. P. 163. T. F. HEN-
DERSON'S ed. (1902) "Fire and fleet" in
version given in JOHN AUBREY'S-Remaines
of Gentilisme and Judaisme.
Lansdowne MSS. in British Museum.
("Fleet" given as meaning water; "Sleete"
meaning salt.) Compare with chant to the
departing spirit in Guy Mannering.

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(1686-7)

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Goe sowle, the bodies gueste
vpon a thankeles errant;
feare not to touche the beste,
the trueth shalbe thie warrant,
goe, since I nedes muste die
and tell them all they lie.

Generally believed to be by RALEIGH-The Lie. (Souls Errand.) Harleian MS. 2296. Folio 135. Also in MS. 6910. Folio 141. Assigned to him in Chetham MS. 8012. P. 103. Collier MS. Bibl. Cat. Vol. II. P. 244. Printed as DAVIDSON'S in his Poetical Rhapsody (Second Ed.) Pub. 1608. Claim for JOHN SYLVESTER discredited by author

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