For Pagans (such as Pagan chaplains, maybe) who wish to have a “few words” at the ready in the case of a Pagan’s demise, the Funeral Speech over Imogen in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (c. 1611) is famously eloquent. Set like King Lear in Romanized, Celtic Britain, Cymbeline is self-consciously Pagan (indeed, an important theme is the ennobling quality of those who live in close connection with Nature, a very Pagan-friendly theme reiterated by Thoreau, Whitman, and the Romantic poets). Cymbeline’s plot can be a bit difficult to follow in linear fashion, but: in order to escape the Wicked Queen (Cymbeline is a lot like a Faerey-Story), Imogen disguises herself as a young man, and journeys to the Wilderness Frontier of Wales. Here she drinks a potion that causes her to fall into a death-like sleep (this section is very much like Snow White); finding this young “man’s” supposedly lifeless body, two noble shepherds speak a beautifully moving “dirge” over “him” (it is meant to be sung, but I don’t see why it can’t be spoken):
Fear no more the Heat of the Sun, nor the furious Winter’s Rages: Thou thy worldly Task has done; Home art gone, and ta’en thy Wages. Golden Lads and Girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to Dust.
Fear no more the Frown of the Great; thou art past the Tyrant’s Stroke. Care no more to Clothe and Eat; to thee the Reed is as the Oak. The Scepter, Learning, Physic, must: all follow this, and come to Dust.
Fear no more the Lightening-Flash, nor the all-dreaded Thunder-Stone. Fear not slander, censure rash; thou hast finished Joy and Moan. All Lovers young, all Lovers must: consign to Thee, and come to Dust.
No Exorciser harm thee! Nor no Witchcraft charm thee! Ghost Unlaid forbear thee! Nothing ill come near thee! Quiet Consummation have, and renowned be thy Grave. (Act IV, scene ii, lines 258-280)
It is a little unfortunate, that the last segment (which catalogues all the Supernatural things that the Departed need no longer worry over, such as Harmful Exorcists and “unlaid”- restless- Ghosts), also includes Witchcraft as a Harmful thing. The “Charms” of Witchcraft- hexes, curses, malign spells- were often viewed in a negative light by the Elizabethans and the Jacobeans. Perhaps a Pagan chaplain can figure out how to rework that line, so that it doesn’t sound so “anti-Witch.”