debt to nature

debt to nature

A euphemism for death. When I'm ready to pay my debt to nature, I hope I'm surrounded by my family.
See also: debt, nature
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Much attention is paid to our economic deficit, but whilst that diverts our attention, the debt to nature is building up, and that deficit will soon be unpayable.
St Cuthbert's Church in Edinburgh has a tombstone inscription that says it all: Death is debt to Nature due which I have paid and so must you.
Petrino presents the surprising--and convincing--observation that Dickinson's tendency to write from beyond the grave was not iconoclastic but rather was influenced by epitaphs found on tombstones, such as "Death is a debt to nature due / Which I have paid and so must you" (108).
Since she whome I lovd, hath payed her last debt To nature, and to hers, and my good is dead, And her soule early into heaven ravished, Wholy in heavenly things my mind is sett.