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A shipwrecked sailor on this coast bids you set sail. Full many a gallant ship ere we were lost weathered the gale.
      - inscription on a Greek sailor's tombstone

A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole word was not sufficient.
  [Lat., Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non suffecerit orbis.]
      - epitaph on Alexander the Great [Epitaphs]

Baths, wine and Venus bring decay to our bodies; but baths, wine and Venus make up life.
  [Lat., Balnea, vina, Venus corrumpunt corpora nostra;
    Sed vitam faciunt baldea, vina, Venus.]
      - epitaph in Gruter's Monumenta [Epitaphs]

Beneath these green trees rising to the skies,
  The planter of them, Isaac Greentree, lies;
    The time shall come when these green trees shall fall,
      And Isaac Greentree rise above them all.
      - epitaph at Harrow, England [Epitaphs]

Ecce quod expendi habui, quod donavi habeo, quod negavi punior, quod servavi perdidi.
      - on tomb of John Killungworth (1412) in Pitson Church, Bucks, England

Farewell, vain world, I've had enough of thee,
  And Valies't not what thou Can'st say of me;
    Thy Smiles I count not, nor thy frowns I fear,
      My days are past, my head lies quiet here.
        What faults you saw in me take Care to shun,
          Look but at home, enough is to be done.
      - epitaph over William Harvey in Greasley Churchyard, England

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.
      - tombstone inscription in Shrewsbury, England, a favorite of Mr. Moody
        [Epitaphs : Goodness]

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.]
      - on the tombstone of Jean d'Orbesan at Padua
        [Day : Epitaphs : Night]

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.]
      - 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 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.
      - [Epitaphs]

Here lie together, waiting for the Messiah
  The little David and the great Goliath.
      - 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.
      - at Bath Abbey [Epitaphs]

Here lies Du Vall; reader, if male thou art,
  Look to thy purse; if female, to thy heart.
      - 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.
      - 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 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 of Robert Byrkes in Doncaster Church

If you would see his monument look around.
  [Lat., Si monumentum requiris circumspice.]
      - 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.
      - 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 of an innkeeper in Eton, printed in Mr. Fairley's "Epitaphiana" (edition 1875)
        [Epitaphs : Life]

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 on tomb in Silkstone, England, to the memory of John Ellis (1766)
        [Epitaphs : Life]

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 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.
      - 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.
      - an epitaph in Barnwell Churchyard, near Cambridge, England
        [Epitaphs : Life]

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.]
      - inscription on the tomb of Francesco Pucci in the church of St. Onuphrius, Rome

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