Quote by James Shirley, Death the Levelle
All are equal Death lays his icy hand on kings:Sceptre and crownMust tumble down,And in the dust be equal madeWith the poor crooked scythe and spade.
This quote highlights the inherent equality in death. Regardless of social status or power, all individuals - including kings with their scepters and crowns - will eventually meet the same fate. Death reminds us that no external symbols of wealth or status can withstand its power, and ultimately, everyone must face this inevitable and humbling end. The imagery of the "poor crooked scythe and spade" represents the tools of the laboring class, emphasizing the equalizing nature of death, which reduces even the mightiest rulers to the same level as common workers.