|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| Ye undertakers, tell us,|
Midst all the gorgeous figures you exhibit,
Why is the principal conceald, for which
You make this mighty stir?
BlairThe Grave. L. 170.
|There was a man bespake a thing,|
Which when the owner home did bring,
He that made it did refuse it:
And he that brought it would not use it,
And he that hath it doth not know
Whether he hath it yea or no.
Sir John DaviesRiddle upon a Coffin.
|Why is the hearse with scutcheons blazond round,|
And with the nodding plume of ostrich crownd?
No; the dead know it not, nor profit gain;
It only serves to prove the living vain.
GayTrivia. Bk. III. L. 231.
| Diaulus, lately a doctor, is now an undertaker; what he does as an undertaker, he used to do also as a doctor.|
MartialEpigrams. Bk. I. Ep. 47.
|Theres a grim one-horse hearse in a jolly round trot;|
To the churchyard a pauper is going I wot;
The road it is rough, and the hearse has no springs,
And hark to the dirge that the sad driver sings
Rattle his bones over the stones,
Hes only a pauper whom nobody owns.
Thomas NoelThe Paupers Drive.
|The houses that he makes last till doomsday.|
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 66.