William Cowper

26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire

An Epitaph (From The Greek)

My name -- my country -- what are they to thee!
What, whether base or proud my pedigree?
Perhaps I far surpass'd all other men--
Perhaps I fell below them all -- what then?
Suffice it, stranger! that thou seest a tomb--
Thou know'st its use -- it hides -- no matter whom.
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