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To the memory of MARGARET SCOTT, who died at Dalkeith, Edinburghshire ; in the year 1738. Stop, passenger,
This epitaph either contains some notorious falsehood, or the woman was older than is here represented. We are informed she was five times five years a virgin, fifty years a wife, and as many a widow ; by which her age appears to have been 125.
If she was born in 1613, and died in 1738, which is the whole time allotted in the epitaph, she could only live in the reigns of James VI. -Charles I.-Charles II.-James II.-William III.- George I.-George II. and Queen Anne; which only make seven Kings and a Queen. But perhaps the epitaph maker, whom we imagine to have been a pedantic schoolmaster, was either a republican, who might place Oliver Cromwell in tbe list; or he might be a Jacobite, who reckoned the Preten
The epitaph likewise asserts that the commonwealth of England lasted 20 years, that is, from 1640 TO to 1660. That looks altogether like the blunder of a
Th country pedagogue. The epitaph maker did not con
Ma sider that no less than five governments took place
A during that period in Britain, viz. monarchcal or limit
W ed, as at present; parliamentary; a council of state,
Fo consisting of a junto of the parliament; a common
Co wealth ; and an absolute despotic one, under Crom
Intended for MR. ROBERT FERGUSSON, the Scot-
No storied urn, nor animated bust !
In St. Germain's Cathedral, Isle of Man.-SAMUEL RUTTER, Bishop of Sodor and Man, was buried under the uncovered steeple of his own Cathedral, with a Latin inscription on a brass plate, which in English is thus :
In this house, which I have borrowed of my brea thren the worms, do I lye, Samuel, by divine permis
. sion, Bishop of this Island, in hopes of the resurrection to life. Reader, stop, view the Lord Bishop's palace and smile. He died may 30th, 1662.
In East Hampstead, Berks ; on MR. ELIJAH FENTON. This modest stone, what few vain marbles can, May truly say, “ Here lies an honest man;" A poet, bless'd beyond a poet's fate, Whom Heav'n kept sacred from the proud and great: Foe to loud praise, and friend to learned ease, Content with science in the vale of peace. Calmly he look’d on either life, and here Saw nothing to regret, or there to fear; From nature's temp'rate feast rose satisfied, Thank'd Heav'n that he had liv'd, and that he died.
ON THE COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE.
Underneath this marble hearse
On Sir JOHN VANBURGH, the Poet and Architect.
Lie light upon him earth! tho' he
On SIR ISAAC Newton, born December 25tb, 1642; died 20th March, 1726. Approach, ye wise of soul with awe divine, 'Tis Newton's name that consecrates his sbrine ! That sun of knowledge whose meridian ray, Kindled the gloom of nature into day ! That soul of science, that unbounded mind! That genius which ennobled human kind ! Confess'd supreme of men, his country's pride; And half esteem'd an angel – till he died; Who in the eye of Heav'n like Enoch stood, And thro' the paths of knowledge walk'd with God; Whose fame extends a sea without a shore? Who but forsook one world to know the laws of more.
The following couplet was intended for his monument.
Nature and Nature's laws lay hid in night :
In St. George's, Hanover-Square, on the Rev. LAWRENCE STERNE, A. M. died September 18, 1768 ; aged 53. Shall Pride a heap of sculptur'd marble raise, Some worthless unmourn'd titled fool to praise ; And shall we not by one poor grave-stone learn, Where genius, wit, and humour, sleep with Sterne?
At Stanton Harcourt, Oxon ; on the Hon. SIMON HARCOURT, only son of the Lord Chancellor Har. court, who died 1720.
To this sad shrine, whoe'er thou art ! draw near,
gave his father grief but when he died.
ON MR. AIKMAN AND HIS SON.
Dear to the wise and good, disprais'd by none,
Here lies my poor wife, without bed or blanket,