Epitaph Poems

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Epitaph On John Dove, Innkeeper
by Robert Burns

HERE lies Johnie Pigeon;
What was his religion?
Whae'er desires to ken,
To some other warl'
Maun follow the carl,
For here Johnie Pigeon had nane!
Strong ale was ablution,
Small beer persecution,
A dram was memento mori;
But a full-flowing bowl

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Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father
by Robert Burns

O YE whose cheek the tear of pity stains,
Draw near with pious rev'rence, and attend!
Here lie the loving husband's dear remains,
The tender father, and the gen'rous friend;
The pitying heart that felt for human woe,
The dauntless heart that fear'd no human pride;
The friend of man-to vice alone a foe;
For 'ev'n his failings lean'd to virtue's side.'

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Epitaph On James Grieve
by Robert Burns

HERE lies Boghead amang the dead
In hopes to get salvation;
But if such as he in Heav'n may be,
Then welcome, hail! damnation.

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Epitaph On A Printer Lately In Connexion With A Celebrated Reviewer
by Josias Homely

Here, like a blotted, marr'd, ill finished page.
On which the maker's image was impress'd.
But torn and tarnish'd by blind passion' rage
A little restless thing is gone to rest.
Where Prince nor Prelate dared attempt command
He ruled—and set the snarling world at strife ;
He hated peace— still rais'd his smutty hand
To give sage nonsense an eternal life.
He, as a fitting tool, old Pompous tried—
He breathed the venom of his thoughts—and died.

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Epitaph For James Smith
by Robert Burns

LAMENT him, Mauchline husbands a',
He aften did assist ye;
For had ye staid hale weeks awa,
Your wives they ne'er had miss'd ye.
Ye Mauchline bairns, as on ye press
To school in bands thegither,
O tread ye lightly on his grass,—
Perhaps he was your father!

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Epitaph
by Nastasimir Franović

Epitaph

Time will tell how you lived.
A lot will happen later.
The one you prayed to will take you.
A stone slab will decorate your headboard.

Are you afraid of death?
Do you think about the row of stone alleys?
With your memorial stone right where you stand,

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Epitaph On A Lap-Dog
by Robert Burns

IN wood and wild, ye warbling throng,
Your heavy loss deplore;
Now, half extinct your powers of song,
Sweet Echo is no more.
Ye jarring, screeching things around,
Scream your discordant joys;
Now, half your din of tuneless sound
With Echo silent lies.

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Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father
by Robert Burns

O YE whose cheek the tear of pity stains,
Draw near with pious rev'rence, and attend!
Here lie the loving husband's dear remains,
The tender father, and the gen'rous friend;
The pitying heart that felt for human woe,
The dauntless heart that fear'd no human pride;
The friend of man-to vice alone a foe;
For 'ev'n his failings lean'd to virtue's side.'

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Epitaph On John Dove, Innkeeper
by Robert Burns

HERE lies Johnie Pigeon;
What was his religion?
Whae'er desires to ken,
To some other warl'
Maun follow the carl,
For here Johnie Pigeon had nane!
Strong ale was ablution,
Small beer persecution,
A dram was memento mori;
But a full-flowing bowl

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The Epitaph On Captain Matthew Henderson
by Robert Burns

STOP, passenger! my story's brief,
And truth I shall relate, man;
I tell nae common tale o' grief,
For Matthew was a great man.
If thou uncommon merit hast,
Yet spurn'd at Fortune's door, man;
A look of pity hither cast,
For Matthew was a poor man.
If thou a noble sodger art,
That passest by this grave, man;

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