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The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X

America - II, Index

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,244 / 214 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 852
Added to site: 2009.06.18
mnybks.net#: 24463
Genre: Essays
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ed even in the grave. Let the sculptured marble direct our footsteps to the scene of their long sleep; let the chiseled epitaph repeat their names, and tell us where repose the nobly good and wise! It is not true that all are equal in the grave. There is no equality even there. The mere handful of dust and ashes, the mere distinction of prince and beggar, of a rich winding sheet and a shroudless burial, of a solitary grave and a family vault--were this all, then, indeed it would be true that death is a common leveler. Such paltry distinctions as those of wealth and poverty are soon leveled by the spade and mattock; the damp breath of the grave blots them out forever. But there are other distinctions which even the mace of death can not level or obliterate. Can it break down the distinction of virtue and vice? Can it confound the good with the bad? the noble with the base? all that is truly great, and pure, and godlike, with all that is scorned, and sinful, and degraded? No! Then death is not a common leveler!

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