Sunday, November 28, 2010

L'Estrange: A Merchant and a Seaman.

A merchant at Sea, was asking the Ships-Master, what Death his Father Dy'd? He told him that his Father, his Grandfather, and his Great Grandfather were all Drown'd. Well, says the Merchant, and are not you your self afraid of being Drown'd too? No, not I, says the Skipper. But Pray, says t'other again, what Death did Your Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather Dye? Why they Dy'd all in their Beds, says the Merchant. Very good, says the Skipper, and why should I be any more afraid of going to Sea, then you are of going to Bed?

He that troubles his Head with drawing Consequences from meer Contingencies, shall never be at rest: And this is further to mind us, that in an Honest Course of Life, we are not to fear Death.

Source: L'Estrange 390.
M0853 (not in Perry)

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