Funeral Poems, Readings, Music, Quotations & Thoughts

A Reading from the Quaker Tradition, William Penn

Some Fruits of Solitude by William Penn

Quakers have no creeds, no priests and no prayerbook but a wonderful tradition of tolerance, temperance and non violence. These are the words of William Penn, founder of the state of Pennsylvania, slightly rearranged to make a short reading suitable for a funeral:

Tho' Death be a Dark Passage it leads to Immortality. The truest end of Life is to know that Life never ends. And he that lives to live ever, never fears dying.

And this is the Comfort of the Good, that the grave cannot hold them, and that they live as soon as they die. For Death is no more than a Turning of us over from time to eternity.

Death then, being the Way and Condition of Life, we cannot love to live if we cannot bear to die.

Let us not cozen ourselves with the Shells and Husks of things; nor prefer Form to Power, nor Shadows to Substance. This World is a Form; our Bodies are Forms. But our Souls being of another and nobler Nature, we should seek our Rest in a more induring Habitation.

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