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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:10397
AUTHOR:Book of Common Prayer
QUOTATION:In the midst of life we are in death. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Burial Service.
 
Note 1.
This is derived from a Latin antiphon, said to have been composed by Notker, a monk of St. Gall, in 911, while watching some workmen building a bridge at Martinsbrücke, in peril of their lives. It forms the groundwork of Luther’s antiphon “De Morte.” [back]
 

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