Churchyard Literature; Being a Collection of Amusing, Quaint, and Curious Epitaphs

Churchyard Literature; Being a Collection of Amusing, Quaint, and Curious Epitaphs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... 'Tis there my body lies at rest, Hoping when the Lord shall come, To meet my friends who die at home." Beneath this stone lies Katharine Gray, Chang'd from a busy life to lifeless clay: By earth and clay she got her pelf, And now she's turned to earth herselfi Ye weeping friends---let me advise---Abate your grief, and dry your eyes; For what avails a flood of tears? Who knows, but, in a run of years, In some tall pitcher or broad pan She in her shop may be again." THE following, which is suggestive to cofifee drinkers, is from a tombstone in Connecticut: A DISCONSOLATE husband caused the following to be placed upon the tombstone of his deceased wife: " I've lost the comfort of my life Death came and took away my wife, And now I don't know what to do Lest death should come & take me too." A NOTED pyrotechnist died a few years ago who, in the course of his travels, had been impressed by an inscription on the tombstone of the great musical composer, Purcell, which read as follows: " He is gone where alone his melodies can be exceeded." Fired by an ambition to stand highest in bis own profession in this world, he requested that on his tombstone might be written. " He is gone where alone his fireworks can be exceeded." SAMUEL Beasley, the architect and dramatist, wrote his own Epitaph in these words: " Here lies Samuel Beasley, Who lived hard and died easily." Jon Orton, son of the inventor of Stilton cheese, an innkeeper at Kidderminster, put up a tombstone in the Churchyard there, inscribed: "Job Orton, a man from Leicestershire, When he dies he will be buried here." He was a queer character altogether. While his wife yet lived to plague him, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768027
  • 9781236768025