"the attachment which I speak of is the mere sensuous sympathy of dust for dust"
God delivers his curse to Adam and Eve (a.1872)
Public DomainGod delivers his curse to Adam and Eve (a.1872) - Credit: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

A reference to the words with which God curses Adam and Eve as he ejects them from Eden: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 3:19

 

The scattering of ashes at a funeral
Creative Commons AttributionThe scattering of ashes at a funeral - Credit: Giles Clark