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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.

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Sir Drake whom well the world's end knew

Which thou did'st compass round,
And whom both Poles of heaven once saw

Which North and South do bound,
The stars above would make thee known,

If men here silent were;
The sun himself cannot forget

His fellow traveller.
JOHN OWEN—Epigram on SIR FRANCIS

DRAKE. Pt. II. 39 of first volume dedicated
to LADY MARY NEVILLE. Trans. by COWLEY.
See GROSSART's ed. of COWLEY. Vol. I.

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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)

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Lycoris has buried all the female friends she had, Fabianus: would she were the friend of my wife!

MARTIAL-Epigrams. Bk. IV. Ep. 24.

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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;
The body should always be little and sweet,

And a sting should be felt in its tail.
Attributed to YRIARTE by BRANDER MAT-

THEWS-American Epigrams. Harper's
Monthly, Nov., 1903.

(See also BIRDSEYE)

Shrine of the mighty! can it be,
That this is all remains of thee?

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,

SMOLLETT)
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Loe here the precious dust is layd;
Whose purely-temper'd clay was made
So fine that it the guest betray'd.
Else the soule grew so fast within,
It broke the outward shell of sinne
And so was hatch'd a cherubin.
Thos. Carew-Inscription on Tomb of Lady

Maria Wentworth. In Toddington Church,
Bedfordshire, England.

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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

shire.

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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.

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It is so soon that I am done for,
I wonder what I was begun for!

Epitaph in Cheltenham Church-yard.

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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.
Spectator. No. 25. Boswell's Johnson,
April 7, 1775.
(See also DRYDEN, also WALPOLE under

SCOTLAND)
Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non suffecerit orbis.

A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.

Epitaph on Alexander the Great.
If Paris that brief flight allow,
My humble tomb explore!
It bears: "Eternity, be thou
My refuge!" and no more.

MATTHEW ARNOLD-Epitaph.
Here lies who, born a man, a grocer died.
Translation of a French epitaph: Né homme

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 BUCHANANThe Modern Warrior.

St. 7.

Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade,

Death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to Heaven conveyed,

And bade it blossom there.
COLERIDGE-Epitaph on an Infant.

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Peas to his Hashes.

Epitaph on a Cook (London).

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Underneath this crust
Lies the mouldering dust

Of Eleanor Batchelor Shoven,
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).

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What wee gave, wee have;
What wee spent, wee had;
What wee left, wee lost.
Epitaph on EDWARD COURTENAY, EARL OF
DEVON. (1419) In CLEVELAND's Geneal.
Hist. of the Family of Courtenay. P. 142.
Said to be on a tomb in Padua. Attributed to
CARLYLE; not found. Like inscriptions are
found on many old tombstones. The oldest

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And be the Spartan's epitaph on me "Sparta hath many a worthier son than he.”

BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto IV. St. 10.

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