The Trevelyon Miscellany: Memento Mori
Word & Image:
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
|on exhibit January 23 - May 22, 2004
What might seem gruesome
today was simply an omnipresent fact of life in early modern times.
For Thomas Trevelyon, death marked a step towards eternal life,
which could be spent in heaven or in hell. Memento mori or "reminders
of death" filled the world in which he lived lest people forget
thatdepending on God's will and their behavior on earthall
eternity could be spent in torment.
Miscellany, fol. 179r
("Dialogue against worldly vanytie")
In this "Dialogue against
worldly vanytie" a Lady protests to Death that he must have made
a mistake. She tells him she is too young, rich, and beautiful to die
and merely has "some fume" the doctor can purge in the morning.
Death mockingly appeals to her concern for wealth, saying he'll save
the doctor's "charge" by taking her that evening. More importantly,
he reminds her "your heaven is hell, except you do repent."
Word and Image: The Trevelyon
Miscellany of 1608
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and Religion |
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Mori | Proverbs
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Testament | Lettering
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This page updated March 30, 2004