Few people now believe that death
Leads either to Hell or to Heaven,
But there is a sense in which
The manner of a person's dying
Connotes with one or the other.
For instance, a painful death, sustained as
A result of injury or war, would suggest that
The person concerned went to Hell,
Whereas a painless death, attendant upon
Natural circumstances, would suggest the contrary -
Namely, that the person went to Heaven
Or, at any rate, was saved.
Think of the difference between the deaths
Of Adolf Hitler and Aldous Huxley,
And you get the impression that they died
According to the way they had lived -
The one through a bullet in the head,
The other with a shot of LSD.
So, although we have no reason to suppose
That Hitler is now roasting in Hell
Or Huxley freezing in Heaven,
Their contrary manners of dying
To some extent paralleled their respective lives,
Confirming a kind of moral judgement.
As a rule, 'the evil' die cruelly,
Whereas 'the good' die peacefully.
The former are damned, the latter saved -
If only from a painful death.