August 10, 2003
Benjamin Franklin's Epitaph
The body of
B. Franklin, Printer
(Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn Out
And Stripped of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will (as he Believ’d) Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author.
Posted by mgk at August 10, 2003 08:36 PM
And this is really on his tombstone? Cool!
Actually, it's not really on the tombstone, no. He wrote it much earlier in life and I don't know the reason why it wasn't used.
He wrote that epitaph when he was 22, and specified later in his will - http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/family/lastwill.html - that:
"I wish to be buried by the side of my wife, if it may be, and that a marble stone, to be made by Chambers, six feet long, four feet wide, plain, with only a small moulding round the upper edge, and this inscription:
Benjamin And Deborah Franklin 178-
to be placed over us both."
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