I love the beginning of Edgar Allan Poe’s parable, Shadow.
SHADOW — A PARABLE
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the Shadow:– Psalm of David.
YE who read are still among the living; but I who write shall have long since gone my way into the region of shadows. For indeed strange things shall happen, and secret things be known, and many centuries shall pass away, ere these memorials be seen of men. And, when seen, there will be some to disbelieve, and some to doubt, and yet a few who will find much to ponder upon in the characters here graven with a stylus of iron.