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Rail against life’s inevitable end.

Leave this world as equal to how entered:

with a lusty cry.

 

After a full life, one that was worth the living,

death should not be taken on in passive manner

but only succumbed to after a battle fight for life-

a son’s sentiments at his father’s deathbed vigil.

 

 

 

 

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

by Dylan Thomas

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet/writer

 

Dylan Mariais Thomas, 1914 – 1953
Welsh poet and writer