Epitaphs are words engraved on a personís tomb or in a plaque. These words
could have been written by people close to the dead or written by the person
before he or she dies. An epitaph speaks a lot about the person underneath the
tomb. People close to the dead person may choose an epitaph that contains the
words that describes that person or how they wish the soul of the person to rest
in peace. Poets are known to have epitaphs in a short poem.
In this section, find different memorable epitaphs found in the grave of
different personalities and see if the words inscribed as their epitaphs are
well deserved by these people.
Unusual Epitaphs - A photo
collection of unique and unusual epitaphs
~ Alexander the Great
A tomb now suffices for him
whom the world was not enough
~ Anthony, Susan B.
Liberty, Humanity, Justice, Equality
~ Arthur, King
Hic jacet Arthurus, rex quondam rexque futurus
(Here lies Arthur, the once and future king.)
~ Beecher, Henry Ward
He thinketh no evil.
~ Blanc, Mel
"That's All Folks"
~ Bonney, William H. (additional alias - Billy the Kid; real name - Henry
Truth and History.
The Boy Bandit King
He Died As He Lived
William H. Bonney "Billy the Kid"
~ Capone, Alphonse
My Jesus Mercy
~ Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
Stop, Christian passer-by: Stop, child of God,
And read, with gentle breast. Beneath this sod
A poet lies, or that which once seem'd he--
O, lift one thought in prayer for S. T. C.--
That he who many a year with toil of breath
Found death in life, may here find life in death:
Mercy for praise--to be forgiven for fame--
He ask'd, and hoped through Christ. Do thou the same.
~ Copernicus, Nicolaus
STA SOL NE MOEARE
(Stand, Sun, move not)
~ Davis, Bette
She did it the hard way
~ Dempsey, Jack
A Gentle Man and a Gentleman
~ Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
Steel True, Blade Straight
~ Dickinson, Emily
~ Earp, Wyatt and Josephene
that nothing's so sacred as honor and nothing's so loyal as love
~ Fields, W.C.
Here lies W.C. Fields. I would rather be living in Philadelphia.
~ Gustavus III, King of Sweden
(Happy at last)
~ Hickok, J. B. "Wild Bill"
J. B. Hickok
Killed by the assassin
In Deadwood, Black Hills
Aug. 2d 1876
Pard, we will meet
again in the Happy
To part no more,
~ Hood, Robin
Here underneath dis laitl stean
Laiz Robert Earl of Huntingdon.
Near arcir ver az hie sae geud,
An pipl kauld im Robin Heud:
Sic an utlawz as hi an is men
Vil England niver si agen.
Obiit 24 Kal, dekembris, 1247
(Here underneath this little stone
Lies Robert, Earl of Huntingdon.
No archer was as he so dood,
And people called him Robin Hood.
Such an outlaw as he, and his men,
Will England never see again.)
~ Jung, Carl
(Invoked or not invoked, the god is present.)
~ Keats, John
contains all that was Mortal
Young English Poet
on his Death Bed
in the Bitterness of his Heart
at the Malicious Power of his Enemies
these words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone
"Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water."
~ London, Jack
The Stone the Builders Rejected
~ Lugosi, Bela
~ Marx, Karl
Workers of all lands unite. The philosophers have only
interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.
~ Murphy, Audie
MEDAL OF HONOR
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~ Nichols, Mary Ann "Polly"
"Jack the Ripper"
~ Parker, Bonnie
As the flowers are all made sweeter
by the sunshine and the dew,
So this old world is made brighter
by the lives
Of folks like you
~ Poe, Edgar Allan
Quoth the Raven,
~ Shakespeare, William
Good frend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To digg the dust encloased heare!
Blest be the man that spares thes stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.
~ Wren, Sir Christopher
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(Reader, if you seek his monument look around.)