A quotation of a common epitaph.

I haven’t researched this properly, but from what I read, this poem was a common eighteen-century epitaph:

Remember, friends, as you pass by,
As you are now so once was I.
As I am now, so you must be.
Prepare yourself to follow me.

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7 thoughts on “A quotation of a common epitaph.”

  1. Ha ha! I always tell my loved ones that when I die I want one of those grim old school tombstones with a skeleton and sickle on it.

  2. Gretchen, I think this poem might have an origin in Latin epitaph “Fuit quod es, eris quod sum” which means “I was what you are, you will be what I am”. Although both epitaphs mean the same, I feel that eighteen-century poem sounds less threathening. :)

  3. Ah, memento mori! That was originally my theme for the month of August, until I decided that “Contemplate the heavens” was more accurate to my project, less obscure (because not in Latin), and less gloomy.
    And yes, the catchiness of the epitaph in English offsets somewhat the meaning of the words.

  4. Ah, memento mori! That was originally my theme for the month of August, until I decided that “Contemplate the heavens” was more accurate to my project, less obscure (because not in Latin), and less gloomy.
    And yes, the catchiness of the epitaph in English offsets somewhat the meaning of the words.

  5. On a related note…
    I just made a visit to the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. At the entrance to the main quad is a statue of several children and young adults, with an inscription that reads something like, “the youth of the today welcome the youth of tomorrow, and wish you every happiness.” I was really touched!
    I think part of living a rich life is having a deep awareness of the connections between past, present and future. I think that we tend to think of ourselves as superior to whoever lived before, as if the lives we live are so much more fabulous, interesting and important, without realizing how much of the human condition stays the same. And how we should be appreciative of those who’ve come before, and have respect for those who are coming after.

  6. I was searching for the epitaph on the grave of Flannery O’Connor and got this site. If anyone know this information please let me know. Many thanks.

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