Collection of Epitaphs and Monumental Inscriptions: Chiefly in Scotland

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D. Macvean, 1834 - 369 pages

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Page 322 - Death is the crown of life : Were death denied, poor man would live in vain ; Were death denied, to live would not be life ; Were death denied, even fools would wish to die. Death wounds to cure : we fall ; we rise ; we reign ! Spring from our fetters ; fasten in the skies ; Where blooming Eden withers in our sight : Death gives us more than was in Eden lost. This king of terrors is the prince of peace.
Page 274 - No sculptured marble here, nor pompous lay, ' No storied urn nor animated bust ;' This simple stone directs pale Scotia's way To pour her sorrows o'er her poet's dust.
Page 65 - More by friends' fraud my fall proceeded hath Than foes, though now they thrice decreed my death. On my attempt though Providence did frown, His oppress'd people God at length shall own ; Another hand, by more successful speed, Shall raise the remnant, bruise the serpent's head.
Page 346 - ... his Primeval MEANNESS When possessed of TEN THOUSAND a Year, And having daily deserved the GIBBET for what he did, Was at last condemned to it for what he could not do. Oh Indignant Reader! Think not his Life useless to Mankind! PROVIDENCE connived at his execrable Designs, To give to After-ages A conspicuous PROOF and EXAMPLE, Of how small Estimation is EXORBITANT WEALTH in the Sight of GOD, By his bestowing it on the most UNWORTHY of ALL MORTALS.
Page 1 - Remember, man, as thou goes by, As thou art now, so once was I, As I am now, so shalt thou be : Remember, man that thou must dee.
Page 346 - ... service, he acquired, or more' properly created, a ministerial estate. He was the only person of his time who could cheat without the mask of honesty : retain his primeval meanness when possessed of ten thousand a year ; and having daily deserved the gibbet for what he did, was at last condemned to it for what he could not do.
Page 268 - I'd weep the world to such a strain That it should deluge once again. But since thy loud-tongued blood demands supplies More from Briareus' hands, than Argus' eyes, I'll sing thy obsequies with trumpet sounds, And write thy epitaph with blood and wounds.
Page 321 - After the re-interment, the original gravestone was placed in the vault, but is now deposited in front of the sculpture where it can be seen by visitors. It bears this inscription:— IN MEMORY OF ROBERT BURNS, WHO DIED, THE 21ST JULY, 1796, IN THE 37TH YEAR OF HIS AGE ; AND MAXWELL BURNS, WHO DIED, THE 25TH APRIL, 1799, AGED 2 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS. FRANCIS WALLACE BURNS, WHO DIED THE 9TH JULY, 1803, AGED 14 YEARS.—HlS SONS.
Page 18 - Ultima semper Expectanda dies homini: dicique beatus Ante obitum nemo supremaque funera debet.
Page 346 - HERE continueth to rot The Body of FRANCIS CHARTRES, Who, with an INFLEXIBLE CONSTANCY, and INIMITABLE UNIFORMITY of Life PERSISTED, In spite of AGE and INFIRMITIES, In the Practice of EVERY HUMAN VICE, Excepting PRODIGALITY and HYPOCBISY: His insatiable AVARICE exempted him from the first, His matchless IMPUDENCE from the second.

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