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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Essay II

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
MEN 1 fear Death as Children fear to go in the dark; And as that natural fear in Children is increased with Tales, so is the other. Certainly the contemplation of Death as the Wages of Sin, and passage to another World, is Holy and Religious; but the fear of it, as a tribute due unto Nature, is weak. Yet in Religious Meditations there is sometimes mixture of vanity and superstition …  1
  The Stoics bestowed too much cost upon Death, and by their great preparations made it appear more fearful … It is as natural to die as to be born …  2
Note 1. Bacon. From Essay II. [back]

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