Bob Deysach
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Is the title actually a line from a poem? If so, what poem/book?

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Kathleen Yes, the title does come from a poem, "A Night-Piece on Death" by Thomas Parnell. The author provides the reader with a stanza from the poem, before the title page of the book. After finishing this book it is worth reading the entire poem, which reminds me of Ozymandias, and also includes this line:
"By all the solemn heaps of fate,
And think, as softly-sad you tread
Above the venerable dead,
'Time was, like thee they life possessed,
And time shall be, that thou shalt rest'."
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