Zeuxis died laughing at the picture of an old woman
(Thomas Brooks, "Apples of Gold" 1660)
And as the life of man is very short, so it is very uncertain.
Now well--now sick! Alive this hour--and dead the next!
Death does not always give warning beforehand; sometimes
he gives the mortal blow suddenly; he comes behind with his
dart, and strikes a man at the heart, before he says, "Have I
found you, O my enemy?"
Eutychus fell down dead suddenly, Acts 20:9.
Death suddenly arrested David's sons and Job's sons.
Zeuxis died laughing at the picture of an old
woman which he drew with his own hand!
Sophocles choked to death on the seed in a grape!
Diodorus the logician died for shame that he
could not answer a witty question.
Joannes Measius, preaching upon the raising of
the woman of Nain's son from the dead, within
three hours after died himself!
Ah! death is sudden in his approaches.
Nothing more sure than death!
Nothing more uncertain than life!
Though there is but one way to come into this
world--yet there is a thousand thousand ways
to be sent out of this world!
"Prepare to meet your God!" Amos 4:12