Testimonies from famous Christians who have divorced

The last hours of famous people

[240]The last hours of famous people."Dying is a philosophical act," said Friedrich Schlegel at the time when he was still in full youth fighting with his brother Wilhelm against the prejudices of the world. Many will, of course, still oppose it now and maintain that it is one more religious Act. In any case, one cannot deny that it is above all a natural act and that one is wrong to surround him with such horrors as the fanatics of pietism have often done. Death is the last tribute that we have to pay to nature, and spiritually strong people have almost always endured it with the greatest peace of mind. The equanimity with which the philosophically educated people of antiquity looked death in the eye, or how they brought it about themselves when circumstances required, is truly to be valued no less than the enthusiasm with which Christians show their souls to God or their Savior recommended, or the glow bordering on nonsense with which the followers of Mohamed directed their paradise.

In the last hours which strong people go through, their spiritual power usually regains all their energy and they utter words that are to be regarded as the key word of their whole life. Likewise, saying goodbye to life is often a touchstone for the vacillating as well as for the hypocritical and lying characters, which reveals their weaknesses and their hollowness. Before death only a few are able to hide their wickedness, and even if they have lived their lives up to then in pure deceit and lies, in their last hour they confess what they have sinned against humanity, because only those who are strong and true have lived can also have the strength to boldly look death in the eye. The scholars, poets, and artists of modern times have always proven themselves most powerfully in this regard, and their last hours, therefore, as well as their life and work, provide the proof that knowledge and free cognition make man the most free and therefore the highest aim his Striving has to form.

It is interesting to make a comparison of this phenomenon with others, and I will therefore try to give some testimony about it.

As Alfieri nearing his end, he thought he saw a priest and asked him to come back another time. When a priest did appear the next morning, he said to those around him to call Countess Albany, he had something more to say to her and only a few moments left to live. When the countess came, he called out to her, "Give me your hand, dear friend, I'm dying!" - With that he was dead. - As the mathematician de Lagny Already lying half unconscious on his death bed, one of his friends wanted to try whether he still had the strength to get up and asked him for the square number of 12. - "144," cried the mathematician and died. - The French grammarian Bonhours died saying: you can say both. - As Malherbes was dying, he called to his nurse not to make so many speech defects, and when his confessor told him about eternal life, he said to him: “Shut up. If you speak of eternal life in such bad French, I cannot think of it. "

La Mothe le Vayer, one of the most zealous ethnographers of his time, called to his friend Berrier, a famous traveler, as he came to his bedside: "Well, my friend, what's the news from the Mughal Mughal?" and died. - As the famous satyr Scarron was dying, he said to the bystanders, including his former wife, Madame de Maintenon, the maitresse of Louis XIV: "You can't cry so much for me, dear children, when I made you laugh!" Than one Pope wanted to console with the fact that there were so many symptoms for his improvement, he exclaimed: “Yes, I am dying of your hundred good symptoms!” - As Rousseau was dying, he called to his wife to open the window so that he could enjoy the wonderful natural spectacle. - Goethe died with the beautiful, meaningful words: "More light!" Newton died by winding his watch and the Swiss naturalist from Haller said while he was dying to feel his pulse: "The artery stops beating." Klopstock recited in his last moments the verses about the death of Mary from his Messiad.

Beethoven when it came to an end sang the verses from his hymn to joy: "Brothers, a good father must live above the canopy of stars." Mozart had his daughter play the hymn of Mary from his own, and breathed out his spirit with the last notes. - Haydn was just dying when the French bombed Vienna and fired 1,500 cannon shots close to his house in Schönbrunn. His two servants were frightened. "What are you afraid of?" Exclaimed the old man. “No misfortune can happen where Haydn stays.” Then he sang: God preserve Franz the Kaiser, and passed away. - Wife of Staël said to Chateaubriand, dying: "I have served God, my father and my country." - The famous woman Roland In prison, when she was sentenced to death, she still wrote her memoirs, and when she stood on the scaffold she said: "Freedom, how many crimes are committed in your name!"

As Thomas More Having climbed the sheepfot, he said with a smile to his companions: "I thank you for coming up as well as I come down, just let me take care of that." Walter Raleigh, the famous seafarer whom Jacob II had sentenced to death after he had been imprisoned in the Tower for 12 years, took the executioner's ax in his hand on the scaffold and said: “This is a sharp medicine, which is good for all evil When he was asked whether he would like to put his head on the block himself, he replied: "If the heart is right, it doesn't matter where the head is." Then he himself gave the sign of the death blow.

Also Charles I. did not die without courage. “I am not afraid of death,” he said, “it has nothing terrible for me.” - King Frederick of Denmark exclaimed in his last moments: "It is a great consolation for me in my last hour that I knowingly offended no one and that not a drop of blood sticks on my hands." - The cardinals do not play the most vigorous role in the hour of death, which came to worldly power as the cardinal Beaufort died, accused of murdering the Duke of Gloucester, he exclaimed: "Must I then die, can all riches not save me, cannot death be bribed?" - As a cardinal Wolsey Feeling his death approaching, he said, “If I had served God as well as the king, he would not have given me up in old age. I’m right. Master Kingston, "he then called to the governor of the Tower," tell the king, I swear him in God's name to exterminate the pernicious sect of the Lutherans. "Then he spoke of the Hussites and Wiclef. His eyes blazed. “If the king tolerates heresy,” he cried, “God will take his crown away from him, calamity will follow calamity and the country will perish. Don't forget to tell him that. When I am dead, he will heed my words better. ”- The cardinal Mazarin said dying: "O my poor soul, what will become of you, where will you go?" - The Queen too Elisabeth died very discouraged. "I would give all of my possessions for a moment," she exclaimed. - As the Duchess of Nottinghamwho was to blame for the fact that Count Essex could no longer turn to the Queen, was dying, Elizabeth had the greediness to tell her: "May God forgive you, I cannot." - As Tasso, whose mental powers had been broken by madness, was dying, he told Cardinal Cynthia to burn all his works, but especially the liberated Jerusalem.

Most of the great statesmen and war heroes of modern times have died courageously and confidently. - "Tell Collingwood to drop the fleet," were Nelsons last words. - Napoleon exclaimed, dying: "" - Frederick the Great, as he sunbathed in the garden at the end of his life, said, looking into the sun: "Soon I will be closer to you!" Jefferson’S last words, which he uttered just fifty years after the declaration of independence, were: "I leave my soul to God and my daughter to my fatherland." John Adams died with the beautiful words: "Independence forever!" -Washington parted with the words: "It is well done." - As a few weeks ago Lammenais died, the newspapers said that in the last hour he had refused any assistance and ordered that his funeral should be no different from that of the poorest man. And so it happened. But thousands had gathered to give him the final escort. The police held them back and Gensd’armen carried the freest-minded man in France to their grave! A burning satire on the current situation in France.