How Did You Die?
Questions About Death

Poem by Edmund Vance Cooke

How Did You Die? - Questions About Death

How Did You Die?

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that!
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there...that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts;
It's how did you fight...and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he's slow or spry,
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
But only how did you die?
- Poem by Edmund Vance Cooke


And, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in
little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven
so fine That all the world will be in love with
night And pay no worship to the garish sun.
- Quote by William Shakespeare

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die" -
a strange complaint to come from the mouths of
people who have had to live.
- Quote by Mark Twain


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