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Epitaph in T. F. RAVENSHAW's Antiente Epitaphes. (1878) P. 158. Also in The Scotch Haggis. Edinburgh, 1822. For variation of same see Montgomery-Christian Poets. P. 58. 3rd ed. Note states it is by WILLIAM BILLYNG, Five Wounds of Christ. From an old MS. in the possession of WILLIAM BATEMAN, of Manchester. The epitaph to ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, time of Edward III, is the same. See WEAVER'S Funeral Monuments. (1631) Facsimile discovered in the chapel of the Guild of the Holy Cross, at Stratford. See FISHER'S Illustrations of the Paintings, etc. (1802) Ed. by J. G. NICHOLS.

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Of comfort no man speak: Let's talk of graves, of worms and epitaphs. Richard II. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 144.


These are two friends whose lives were undivided: So let their memory be, now they have glided Under the grave; let not their bones be parted, For their two hearts in life were singie-hearted. SHELLEY-Epitaph.


He will be weighed again
At the Great Day,
His rigging refitted,
And his timbers repaired,

And with one broadside

Make his adversary

Strike in his turn.

SMOLLETT-Peregrine Pickle. Vol. III. Ch. VII. Epitaph on Commodore Trunnion. (See also CAPEN)


Let no man write my epitaph; let my grave
Be uninscribed, and let my memory rest
Till other times are come, and other men,
Who then may do me justice.

SOUTHEY. Written after Reading the Speech of ROBERT EMMET.


(See also EMMET)

The turf has drank a

Widow's tear;

Three of her husbands
Slumber here.

Epitaph at Staffordshire.


Here lies one who meant well, tried a little, failed much.

STEVENSON-Christmas Sermon.


I, whom Apollo sometime visited,
Or feigned to visit, now, my day being done,
Do slumber wholly, nor shall know at all
The weariness of changes; nor perceive
Immeasurable sands of centuries
Drink up the blanching ink, or the loud sound
Of generations beat the music down.
STEVENSON. Epitaph for himself.

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Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors than from his virtues.

LONGFELLOW-Hyperion. Bk. IV. Ch. III.


Errare humanus est.

To err is human.

MELCHIOR DE POLINAC-Anti-Lucretius. V. 58. GILBERTUS COGNATUS-Adagia. SENECABk. IV. Declam. 3. Agam, 267. Other forms of same found in DEMOSTHENES-De Corona. V. IX. EURIPIDES-Hippolytus. 615. HOMER-Iliad. IX. 496. LUCANDemon. 7. MARCUS ANTONINUS. IX. 11. MENANDER-Fragments. 499. PLAUTUSMerc. II. 2. 48. SEVERUS OF ANTIOCHEp. I. 20. SOPHOCLES-Antigone. 1023. THEOGNIS. V. 327. Humanum fuit errare. ST. AUGUSTINE Sermon 164. 14.


possum falli, ut homo. CICERO-Ad Atticum. XIII. 21. 5. Cujusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare. CICERO-Phillipics. XII. 2. 5. (Same idea in his De Invent. II. 3. 9.) Erasse humanus est. ST. JEROME-Epistola. LVII. 12. Also in Adv. Ruf. III. 33. 36. Nemo nostrum non peccat. Homines sumus, non dei. PETRONIUS Satyricon. Ch. 75. Ch. 130. Decipi . . humanus est. PLUTARCH. Stephanus's ed. Ch. XXXI. Per humanes, inquit, errotes. SENECA-Rhetoric. Excerpta ex Controversiis. IV. III. Censen hominem me esse? erravi. TERENCE-Adelphi. IV. II. 40.

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Then gazing up 'mid the dim pillars high,

The foliaged marble forest where ye lie,
Hush, ye will say, it is eternity!

This is the glimmering verge of heaven, and there
The columns of the heavenly palaces.



The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.

Vol. III. P. 143.


(See also DONNE)

Eternity forbids thee to forget.

BYRON-Lara. Canto I. St. 23.


Bohn's ed.

Vain, weak-built isthmus, which dost proudly rise

Up between two eternities!

COWLEY-Ode on Life and Fame. L. 18. (See also MILTON)


Nothing is there to come, and nothing past, But an eternal Now does always last. COWLEY-Davideis. Bk. I. L. 360.


Eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is as a short parenthesis in a long period.

DONNE-Book of Devotions Meditation 14. (1624) (See also BROWNE)


Summarum summa est æternum.

The sum total of all sums total is eternal (meaning the universe).

LUCRETIUS-De Rerum Natura. III. 817. Also Bk. V. 362.

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