"Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee"

Mr Clare is referring to two passages from the New Testament.

The first is from the Gospel of Luke (12:20). It is part of a parable about a rich man who, instead of sharing his excess food, builds bigger and bigger barns to hoard it, only to die before he has a chance to use any of the stocks he has stored.

The second reference, "Being reviled, we bless", comes from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (4:12). The letter is one of several Paul wrote to new Christian communities to encourage and advise them on how to live out their faith.