Others died, but it happened in the past,
The season (as all men know) most favorable for death.
Is it possible that I, subject of Yaqub Almansur,
Must die as roses had to die and Aristotle?
From Divan of Almoqtadir El Magrebi (12th century)
[From Dreamtigers, by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Harold Morland]