Almost, But Not, Symmetrical (6)

The point of life is to die a good death;
For the time we spend dead
Dwarfs the time we spend alive
And a good death is sung of for ages.

The best odds for dying a good death
Is to live a good life,
So that in the final moments
Those alive sing of your life for ages.

That measure is taken at the last breath
Which brings hope to the vilest of villains:
A bad life can be eclipsed with
A single act of momentous selflessness.

That measure is taken at the last breath
Which brings fear to the purest of puritans:
A good life can be eclipsed with
A single act of petty selfishness.

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