Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.

Saul and Jonathan

Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided.
2 Samuel, Chap. i. Ver. 23.

Happier for me, that all our hours assign’d
Together we had lived; e’en not in death disjoin’d!
Dryden.—Ceyx and Alcyone.

That death itself could not their friendship sever,
But as they lived in love, they died together.
Cowley.—The Song, Stanza 9. Spenser.—Astrophel, Line 179.

Not doom’d in lingering woe to waste their breath,
One moment snatch’d them from the power of death:
They lived united, and united died;
Happy the friends whom death cannot divide.
Beattie.—Epitaph on Two Young Men.

’Twas sung, how they were lovely in their lives,
And in their death had not divided been.
Campbell.—Gertrude of Wyoming, Part III. Verse 33.