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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Epitaph: ‘Underneath this stone doth lye’
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
UNDERNEATH this stone doth lye
As much beauty as could dye;
Which in life did harbor give
To more virtue than doth live.
If at all she had a fault,        5
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was Elizabeth—
The other, let it sleep with death:
Fitter, where it dyed to tell,
Than that it lived at all. Farewell!        10
 
 
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