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In whatever place you meet me, Postumus, you cry out immediately, and your very first words are, “How do you do?" You say this, even if you meet me ten times in one single hour: you, Postumus, have nothing, I suppose, to do.
MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. II. Ep. 67.
Never think of leaving perfumes or wine to your heir. Administer these yourself, and let him have your money.
MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. XIII. Ep. 126.
Sir Drake whom well the world's end knew
Which thou did'st compass round,
Which North and South do bound,
If men here silent were;
His fellow traveller.
DRAKE. Pt. II. 39 of first volume dedicated
P. 156. 21
Some learned writers.. have compared a Scorpion to an Epigram because as the sting of the Scorpion lyeth in the tayl, so the force and virtue of an epigram is in the conclusion. TOPSELL—Serpent. P. 756. (1653)
Lycoris has buried all the female friends she had, Fabianus: would she were the friend of my wife!
MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. IV. Ep. 24.
1 Thou art so witty, profligate and thin, At once we think thee Satan, Death and Sin. YOUNG-Epigram on Voltaire, who had criti
cised the characters of the same name in MILTON's Paradise Lost.
The qualities all in a bee that we meet,
In an epigram never should fail;
And a sting should be felt in its tail.
THEWS-American Epigrams. Harper's
(See also BIRDSEYE)
Shrine of the mighty! can it be,
BYRON–Giaour. L. 106.
13 Kind reader! take your choice to cry or laugh; Here Harold lies—but where's his Epitaph? If such you seek, try Westminster, and view Ten thousand, just as fit for him as you.
BYRON–Substitute for an Epitaph.
14 Yet at the resurrection we shall see A fair edition, and of matchless worth, Free from erratas, new in heaven set forth. JOSEPH CAPEN-Lines upon Mr. John Foster.
Borrowed from Rev. B. WOODBRIDGE. (See also FRANKLIN, GEDGE, MEADER, QUARLES,
Maria Wentworth. In Toddington Church,
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-yard, Devon
This Mirabeau's work, then, is done. He sleeps with the primeval giants. He has gone over to the majority: "Abiit ad plures.”
CARLYLE--Essay on Mirabeau. Close.
It is so soon that I am done for,
Epitaph in Cheltenham Church-yard.
Stavo bene; per star meglio, sto qui.
I was well, I would be better; I am here. ADDISON'S translation of the epitaph on the
monument of an Italian Valetudinarian.
A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.
Epitaph on Alexander the Great.
mort épicier. ALFRED AUSTIN— Golden Age. 8 Here lies Anne Mann; she lived an Old maid and died an old Mann.
Bath Abbey. Lie lightly on my ashes, gentle earthe. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Tragedy of Bon
duca. Act IV. Sc, 3. (“Sit tibi terra levis," familiar inscription.)
(See also EVANS, OVID, SENECA) 10 And the voice of men shall call, "He is fallen like us all, Though the weapon of the Lord was in his
hand." And thine epitaph shall be "He was wretched ev'n as we;"
And thy tomb may be unhonoured in the land. ROBERT BUCHANAN—The Modern Warrior.
Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,
Death came with friendly care;
And bade it blossom there.
Epitaph on a Cook (London).
Underneath this crust
Of Eleanor Batchelor Shoven,
And the lucrative trade of the oven.
A puff by her husband much praised,
In hopes that her crust may be raised. Epitaph on a Cook (Yorkshire).
What wee gave, wee have;
And be the Spartan's epitaph on me "Sparta hath many a worthier son than he.”
BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto IV. St. 10.