Death, Dying, Grief and Mourning

            "Death is always the same,
                               but each man dies in his own way."

Carson McCullers, Clock Without Hands, 1960


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Gaius Valerius Catullus, No. 101
(On His Brother's Death) 57 BCE

Translated by Aubrey Beardsley

Death of Brother

Death of Brother:


By ways remote and distant waters sped,

Brother, to thy sad grave-side am I come,

That I may give the last gifts to the dead,

And vainly parley with thine ashes dumb:

Since she who now bestows and now denies

Hath ta'en thee, hapless brother, from mine eyes.

But lo! these gifts, the heirlooms of past years,

Are made sad things to grace thy coffin shell;

Take them, all drenched with a brother's tears,

And, brother, for all time, hail and farewell!











Adrienne Nater, 2008

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