As you are now so once was i; as i am now so you shall be - ?

i came across this saying on a tattoo that i really like. i've been trying to do some research on the quote, origin, & opinions & views on it. the full quote is; Remember me as you pass by As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you soon will be. Prepare for death, and think of me. if anyone is... show more i came across this saying on a tattoo that i really like. i've been trying to do some research on the quote, origin, & opinions & views on it. the full quote is;
Remember me as you pass by
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, you soon will be.
Prepare for death, and think of me.

if anyone is familiar, & can or wants to try to elaborate with me i'd love to hear what you know about it & your opinion as well.
this is something i'm seriously interested in, so don't waste you're time if you wanna say something rude. thank you! :]
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