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EPITAPHS
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[ Also see Apothegms Death Epigrams Graves Last Words Monuments Mottoes Mourning Obituaries Satire Tombs ]

For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake,
  Do all the good you can,
    To all the people you can,
      In all the ways you can,
        As long as ever you can.
      - Epitaph,
        tombstone inscription in Shrewsbury, England, a favorite of Mr. Moody

For there is no day however beautiful that is not followed by night.
  [Fr., Car il n'est si beau jour qui n'amene sa nuit.]
      - Epitaph,
        on the tombstone of Jean d'Orbesan at Padua

Fortune and Hope farewell! I've found the port;
  You've done with me: go now, with others sport.
    [Lat., Jam portum inveni, Spes et Fortuna valete.
      Nil mihi vobiscum est, ludite nunc alios.]
      - Epitaph,
        version of the Greek epigram in the "Anthologia", translation by Merivale

Full many a life he saved
  With his undaunted crew;
    He put his trust in Providence,
      And Cared Not How It Blew.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph in Deal Churchyard, England

Here lie the remains of James Pady, Brickmaker, in hope that his clay will be remoulded in a workmanlike manner, far superior to his former perishable materials.
      - Epitaph

Here lie together, waiting for the Messiah
  The little David and the great Goliath.
      - Epitaph,
        note in "Thespian Dict." appended to account of Garrick, who lies close to Samuel Johnson

Here lies Anne Mann; she lived an
  Old maid and died an old Mann.
      - Epitaph, at Bath Abbey

Here lies Du Vall; reader, if male thou art,
  Look to thy purse; if female, to thy heart.
      - Epitaph,
        Claude Du Vall's epitaph in Covent Garden Church found in F. Watt's "Law's Slumber Room"

Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
      - Epitaph,
        engraved on Keat's tombstone at his own desire

Here lies the remains of James Pady, Brickmaker, in hope that his clay will be remoulded in a workmanlike manner, far superior to his former perishable materials.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph from Addiscombe Church-year, Devonshire, England

Howe: Howe: who is heare:
  I, Robin of Doncaster, and Margaret my feare.
    That I spent, that I had;
      That I gave, that I have;
        That I left, that I lost.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph of Robert Byrkes in Doncaster Church

If you would see his monument look around.
  [Lat., Si monumentum requiris circumspice.]
      - Epitaph,
        inscription on the tomb of Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul's, London, written by his son

It that I gife, I haif,
  It that I len, I craif,
    It that I spend, is myue,
      It that I leif, I tyne.
      - Epitaph,
        on very old stone in Scotland, Hackett's "Epitaphs", vol. 1, p. 32 (ed. 1737)

Life's an Inn, my house will shew it;--
  I thought so once, but now I know it.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph of an innkeeper in Eton, printed in Mr. Fairley's "Epitaphiana" (edition 1875)

Life's like an inn where travelers stay,
  Some only breakfast and away;
    Others to dinner stop, and are full fed;
      The oldest only sup and go to bed.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph on tomb in Silkstone, England, to the memory of John Ellis (1766)

Like a worn out type, he is returned to the Founder in the hope of being recast in a better and more perfect mold.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph on Peter Gedge, Parish Church, St. Mary, Bury St. Edmund's

Lo, all that ever I spent, that sometime had I;
  All that I gave in good intent, that now have I;
    That I never gave, nor lent, that now aby I;
      That I kept till I went, that lost I.
      - Epitaph,
        translation of the Latin on the brasses of a priest at St. Albans

Man's life is like a Winter's day:
  Some only breakfast and away;
    Others to dinner stay and are full fed,
      The oldest man but sups and goes to bed.
        Long is his life who lingers out the day,
          Who goes the soonest has the least to pay;
            Death is the Waiter, some few run on tick,
              And some alas! must pay the bill to Nick!
                Tho' I owed much, I hope long trust is given,
                  And truly mean to pay all bills in Heaven.
      - Epitaph,
        an epitaph in Barnwell Churchyard, near Cambridge, England

Mine haven's found; Fortune and Hope, adieu.
  Mock others now, for I have done with you.
    [Lat., In Fortunam
      Inveni portum spes et fortuna valete
        Nil mihi vobiscum ludite nunc alios.]
      - Epitaph,
        inscription on the tomb of Francesco Pucci in the church of St. Onuphrius, Rome

Not lost but gone before.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph of Mary Angell in St. Dunstan's Church, Stephney, England

Praemissi non amissi.
  (Not lost, but gone before.)
      - Epitaph,
        inscription on a tombstone in Stallingborough Church, Lincolnshire, England

Praised, wept,
  And honoured, by the muse he loved.
      - Epitaph,
        from the epitaph of James Craggs in Westminister Abbey

She never did wrong in any way, unless the fact that she died.
  [Lat., Nihil unquam peccavit, nisi quod nortua est.]
      - Epitaph, on a wife's tomb in Rome

She took the cup of life to sip,
  Too bitter 'twas to drain;
    She meekly put it from her lip,
      And went to sleep again.
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph in Meole Churchyard, found in "Sabrinoe Corolla", p. 246 of third edition

That I spent that I had
  That I gave that I have
    That I left that I lost.
      [Lat., Quod expendi habui
        Quod donavi habeo
          Quod servavi perdidi.]
      - Epitaph,
        epitaph under an effigy of a priest


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