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In Christina Rossetti's poem "Uphill," everyone is welcome at the inn. In fact, it is rather more sinister than that. "You cannot miss that inn" the traveller is told forbiddingly. Once you reach the inn, you must stay there, for the inn is death, and there are beds for all who come.

The image of death as an inn is traditional. G.K. Chesterton makes use of it in "The Rolling English Road" when he refers to "the decent inn of death." It is used by both Christian and secular poets but fits rather awkwardly into the Christian world view, since it is clear that the inn is neither heaven nor hell, rendering it only a temporary resting place. Rossetti ends with the image of beds for all who come and does not mention when or if these weary travelers are to leave the inn for another destination.

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