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

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

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

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

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 in Meole Churchyard, found in "Sabrinoe Corolla", p. 246 of third edition
        [Epitaphs : Sleep]

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 under an effigy of a priest
        [Epitaphs]

This work, newly revised and improved by its great Author, will reappear in a splendid day.
      - epitaph on Oscar Meader in a church in Berlin
        [Epitaphs]

This world's a city of crooked streets,
  Death's the market-place where all men meet;
    If life were merchandise that men should buy,
      The rich would always live, the poor might die.
      - [Epitaphs : Life]

To the down Bow of Death
  His Forte gave way,
    All the Graces in sorrow were drown'd;
      Hallelujah Cresendo
        Shall be his glad lay
          When De'Capo the Trumpet shall sound.
      - epitaph to Samuel Taylor in Youlgreaves Churchyard, Derbyshire, England
        [Epitaphs]

What wee gave, wee have;
  What wee spent, wee had;
    What wee left, wee lost.
      - Epitaph on Edward Courtenay, Earl of Devon (1419), said to be on his tomb in Padua
        [Epitaphs]

You who come my grave to view,
  A moment stop and think,
    That I am in eternity,
      And you are on the brink.
      - [Death]

I was well, I would be better; I am here.
  [Lat., Stavo bene; per star meglio, sto qui.]
      - Addison's translation of the epitaph on the monument of an Italian Valetudinarian,
        "Spectator" (no. 25) [Epitaphs]

The turf has drank a
  Widow's tear;
    Three of her husbands
      Slumber here.
      - Epitaph at Staffordshire [Epitaphs]

Johnny Carnegie lais heer
  Descendit of Adam and Eve,
    Gif ony cou gang hieher,
      I'se willing give him leve.
      - Epitaph in an old Scottish Churchyard
        [Epitaphs]

It is so soon that I am done for,
  I wonder what I was begun for!
      - Epitaph in Cheltenham Church-yard
        [Epitaphs]

Peas to his Hashes.
      - Epitaph on a Cook (London) [Epitaphs]

Underneath this crust
  Lies the mouldering dust
    Of Eleanor Batchelor Stoven,
      Well versed in the arts
        Of pies, custards and tarts,
          And the lucrative trade of the oven.
            When she lived long enough,
              She made her last puff,
                A puff by her husband much praised,
                  And now she doth lie
                    And make a dirt pie,
                      In hopes that her crust may be raised.
      - Epitaph on a Cook (Yorkshire) [Epitaphs]

Good Frend for Jesvs Sake Forbeare,
  To Digg the Dvst Encloased Heare.
    Blese be ye Man yt Spares Thes Stones.
      And Cvrst be he yt Moves my Bones.
      - Epitaph on Shakespeare's Tombstone at Stratford-on-Avon,
        said to be chosen by him, but not original
        [Epitaphs]

I have expended; I have given; I have kept;
  I have possessed; I do possess; I have lost;
    I am punished. What I formerly expended, I have; what I gave away I have.
      - Gesta Romanorum (tale XVI),
        found on the golden sarcophagus of a Roman emperor
        [Epitaphs]

His virtues formed the magic of his song.
      - Inscription of the Tomb of Cowper (l. 10)
        [Epitaphs : Poets]


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