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OR,

OR IGINAL ESSAYS,

BY WILLIAM HAZLITT.

VOL. II.

PARIS,
PUBLISHED BY A. AND W. GALIGNANI,

AT THE ENGLISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN, GERMAN, AND SPANISH

LIBRARY, 18, RUE VIVIENNE.

1825.

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ESSAY XII.

ON THE FEAR OF DEATH.

" And our little life is rounded with a sleep."

PERHAPS the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern—why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? I have no wish to have been alive a hundred years ago, or in the reign of Queen Anne : why should I regret and lay it so much to heart that I shall not be alive a hundred years hence, in the reign of I cannot tell whom ?

When Bickerstaff wrote his Essays, I knew nothing of the subjects of them : nay, much later, and but the other day, as it were, in the beginning of the reign of George III,

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