Death, Be Not Proud

By John Donne

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

Daily Devotion Texts Online, Too!

The same daily devotion texts you find in our bulletin inserts are now also available from our web site. (This wouldn’t have been practical at our old web host.) If you spend a lot of time working online, this may be a nice way to make devotions in God’s Word easier for you: easier to remember, and easier to complete. There’s more information [at my personal blog.][pc]

If you don’t use one already, I suggest you find yourself a free [RSS aggregator program][aggregators] for your computer and install it. An alternative is to use a web-based aggregator provided by Google, Yahoo! or the like. Your web browser may also be able to function as an aggregator, in a pinch. Once you have your aggregator working, subscribe to one of our two daily devotion addresses, and start reading. The addresses are:

* http://www.bethanythedalles.org/devotions.py

* http://www.concordiahoodriver.org/devotions.py

[aggregators]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_feed_aggregators [pc]: http://www.pluckedchicken.net