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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Elegies and Epitaphs
Epitaph on the Lady Whitmore
 
FAIR, 1 Kind, and True, a Treasure each alone,
A Wife, a Mistress, and a Friend in one,
Rest in this Tomb, rais’d at thy Husband’s cost,
Here sadly summing, what he had, and lost.
  Come Virgins, ere in equal Bands ye join,        5
Come first and offer at her Sacred Shrine;
Pray but for half the Vertues of this Wife,
Compound for all the rest with longer Life;
And wish your Vows, like hers, may be return’d,
So Lov’d when Living, and when Dead so Mourn’d.        10
 
Note 1. Text from the Monument in Twickenham Church. [back]
 
 
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