Holy Sonnet X
Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou are not soe,
For, those, who thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but they pictures bee,
Much pleasre, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe got,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie
Though art slave to Fate, Chance, kings and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleep as well,
And better than thy stroke; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, though shalt die.