mortal men are doomed to pay Death's debt
Greek poet (c. 4th Century)
by Jane Minot Sedgwick, American poet (1795-1859)
mortal men are doomed to pay Death's debt,
no one knows if he will live tomorrow.
this, O man! Make merry and forget
wine's oblivion fear and death and sorrow.
love and pleasure thy brief days enhance,
leave all else to the control of chance.