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UNDERTAKERS
[ Also see Cemeteries Death Funerals Graves Occupations ]

Ye undertakers, tell us,
  'Midst all the gorgeous figures you exhibit,
    Why is the principal conceal'd, for which
      You make this mighty stir?
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 170)

There was a man bespake a think,
  Which when the owner home did bring,
    He that made it did refuse it:
      And he that brought it would not use it,
        And he that hath it doth now know
          Whether he hath it yea or no.
      - Sir John Davies, Riddle upon a Coffin

Why is the hearse with scutcheons blazon'd round,
  And with the nodding plume of ostrich crown'd?
    No; the dead know it not, nor profit gain;
      It only serves to prove the living vain.
      - John Gay, Trivia (bk. III, l. 231)

Diaulus, lately a doctor, is now an undertaker' what he does as an undertaker, he used to do also as a doctor.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 47)

There's a grim one-horse hearse in a jolly round trot;
  To the churchyear a pauper is going I wot;
    The road it is rough, and the hearse has no springs,
      And hark to the dirge that the sad driver sings--
        Rattle his bones over the stones,
          He's only a pauper whom nobody owns.
      - Thomas Noel, The Pauper's Drive

Has this fellow no feeling of his business, that he sings at grave-making? Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.
      - William Shakespeare

The houses he makes last till doomsday.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Clown at V, i)


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