Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Deeds And the Dead
"This I know that never dies:
"How dead men's deeds are deemed." (See here.)
In SM Stirling's The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Fourteen, Eiler quotes a verse that ends:
"No deeds can a dead man do." (p. 398)
The sayings are complementary. I cannot find Eiler's verse by googling but she attributes it to Odin whom she regards as unreliable. It is a challenging process first to quote a source, then to question its reliability. Neil Gaiman's Lucifer quotes, "Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven," but then says that Milton was blind.