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 Débris.Decam’eron. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Debt of Nature.
 
To pay the debt of Nature. To die. Life is a loan, not a gift, and the debt is paid off by death.
       
“The slender debt to Nature’s quickly paid.”
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Quarles: Emblems.
 


 Débris.Decam’eron. 

 
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