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Quote #4

I should be glad of another death. (43)

The final line of the poem takes the previous quote and pushes it further into the literal. At the end of the day, the realization of what Jesus's birth really means is too much for the narrator to take. Resigned to defeat, he simply wishes for his own death, knowing that his whole existence is about to crumble around him anyway. The poem thus ends with the ultimate expression of resignation. Rather than being angry, or fearful, the Magus simply gives up, preferring to have his own existence end than to witness the world that he knows so well change so drastically.

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