On Children Dying

From p. 51, upon the death of Luther’s daughter:

“When his wife wept lundly, Martin Luther comforted her by saying: ‘Remember where she is going. It will be well with her. The flesh dies but the spirit lives. children do not argue. They believe what they are told. To children everything is plain. They die without anxiety, without complaint, without fear of death, without great physical pain, just as if they were falling asleep.’ When his daughter was in the agony of death, he fell upon his knees before the bed, and, weeping bitterly, prayed that God might save her if it be his will. Thus she gave up the ghost in the arms of ther father.”