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What is Epitaphs?

An epitaph (from Greek: ἐπιτάφιος epi-taphios "at, over-tomb" — literally: "on the gravestone") is a short text honoring a deceased person, strictly speaking that inscribed on their tombstone or plaque.

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Some of the most famous are:

  • I am ready to meet my Maker.
    Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. — Winston Churchill
  • "Under the wide and starry sky
    Dig the grave and let me lie,
    Glad did I live and gladly die
    And I laid me down with a will.
    This be the verse you grave for me:
    Here he lies where he longed to be.
    Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
    And the hunter home from the hill." -
    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  • "Stop ye travellers as you pass by
    As you are now, so once was I
    As I am now, soon you shall be -
    Prepare yourself to follow me."

    The response

    "To follow you
    I am not content,
    How do I know
    which way you went?"

    I have both of theses last two in my autograph book that was started in primary school so have been around for a long long time.

These are some of the Epitaphs I found in my local cemetery.

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