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When compared to the stretch of time unknown to us, O king, the present life of men on earth is like the flight of a single sparrow through the hall where, in winter, you sit with your captains and ministers. Entering at one door and leaving by another, while it is inside it is untouched by the wintry storm; but this brief interval of calm is over in a moment, and it returns to the winter from whence it came, vanishing from your sight. Man’s life is similar; and of what follows it, or what went before, we are utterly ignorant.

– The Venerable Bede

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