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Memory of an accident in a
Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery:


                       "HERE LIES THE BODY
                         OF JONATHAN BLAKE
                        HE STEPPED ON THE GAS
                         INSTEAD OF THE BRAKE"

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In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:


                         "HERE LAYS BUTCH,
                        WE PLANTED HIM RAW.
                    HE WAS QUICK ON THE TRIGGER,
                       BUT SLOW ON THE DRAW"

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In a cemetery in
Hartscombe, England:


                       "ON THE 22ND OF JUNE
                        - JONATHAN FIDDLE -
                         WENT OUT OF TUNE"

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In a London, England churchyard:


                HERE LIES IN HORIZONTAL POSITION
                      THE OUTSIDE CASE OF
                  GEORGE ROUTLEDGE, WATCHMAKER,
               IN THE HOPE OF BEING TAKEN IN HAND 
                       BY HIS MAKER.
           AND OF BEING THOROUGHLY CLEANED, REPAIRED
                      AND SET GOING
                   IN THE WORLD TO COME.


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               UNDER THIS MARBLE LIES A TREASURE,
                A LAWYER THAT DESIRED TO SEE
             HIS CLIENTS RIGHT MORE THAN HIS FEE.


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                      HEE FIRST DECESED,
                   SHEE FOR A LITTLE TRYED
                     TO LIVE WITHOUT HIM
                    LIKED IT NOT AND DYED.


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              CAREWS DAUGHTER, ERISEYE'S WIFE
                   ELIZABETH THAT HIGHT
              EXCHANGED LIFE FOR DEATH TO GIVE
                A SONNE THIS WORLD'S LIGHT


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            HERE LIES THE BODY OF MARY SEXTON
                 WHO PLEASED MANY A MAN
                  BUT NEVER VEX'D ONE
          UNLIKE THE WOMAN UNDER THE NEXT STONE.


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On the grave of a marine artilleryman who died in 1819:


           WHAT I AM THIS HUMBLE STONE ENSURES
            WHAT I WAS IS NO AFFAIR OF YOURS.



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John Gay's  stone in Westminster Abbey:

         LIFE IS A JEST, AND ALL THINGS SHOW IT,
          I THOUGHT SO ONCE, AND NOW I KNOW IT.


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Oops! Harry Edsel Smith of
Albany, New York:


                      "BORN 1903--DIED 1942
                    LOOKED UP THE ELEVATOR SHAFT
                      TO SEE IF THE CAR WAS ON
                        THE WAY DOWN. IT WAS"

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Lester Moore was a Wells, Fargo Co.
station agent for Naco, Arizona 
in the cowboy days of the 1880's. 
He's buried in the Boothill Graveyard
in Tombstone, Arizona, USA.

Řyvind Sirevaag from Stavanger, Norway visited
this graveyard in 2002 and confirms the text on
the wooden tombstone:


                             HERE
                             LIES

                          LESTER MOORE
                           FOUR SLUGS
                           FROM A 44
                            NO LES
                            NO MORE


Original source (980830): Tracy Schell
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                    "HERE LIES OLD JOHN STEER
                IN LIFE HE BREWED THE BEST OF BEER
                  TURN RIGHT, WALK DOWN THE HILL
                HIS SON IS RUNNING THE BUSINESS STILL"

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A lawyer's epitaph in England:


                           "SIR JOHN STRANGE
                       HERE LIES AN HONEST LAWYER
                          AND THAT IS STRANGE"

Source unknown
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Inscription on an oval tablet 
in St.Marys Church in Beverly, Yorkshire
over two Danish mercenary soldiers
who got into an argument and decided 
to solve it by a duel.
- With fatal consequences, as it turned out.


                    "HERE TWO DANISH SOLDIERS LYE
                   THE ONE IN QUARREL CHANC'D TO DIE;
                   THE OTHER'S HEAD BY THEIR OWN LOW
                   WITH SWORD WAS SEVER'D AT ONE BLOW.
                        DECEMBER THE 22ND 1689."

 [PHT 4-VI 1903]

- From Yorkshire, their comrades went on to 
fight for King William III in Ireland 
- The Battle of the Boyne.
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On King Charles II


                HERE LIES OUR SOVEREIGN LORD THE KING,
                    WHOSE WORD NO MAN RELIES ON,
                   WHO NEVER SAID A FOOLISH THING
                      NOR EVER DID A WISE ONE.


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Johan Herman Wessel:


                      Her ligger Lieut'nant Stabel,
                          O vee, heel miserabel
                         I Veiret med sin Snabel,
                           Og er ei nu capabel
                         At bruge meer sin Sabel,
                         Som var ham mest aimabel
                         Næst Brændeviin og Fabel.

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                  Herunder hviler Krigsraad Neergaard,
                        Den Store, Store, Store,
                     Kun Himlen veed, hvad godt han
                               gjorde,
                           Gjorde, gjorde,
                       At tale om hans kjere Frue
                      Da var hun venlig som en Due;
                      At tale om hans tvende Sønner
                         Det ei Umagen lønner;
                  Men naar jeg tænker paa hans Datter,
                     Kan jeg ei bare mig for Latter.


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Under Londemans portrett


                     Man sukker, for han er ei meer,
                    Man husker hvad han var, og leer.

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Under dikterens portrett, skrevet av ham selv


                     Han syntes fød til Bagateller,
                   Og noget stort han blev ei heller.


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Gravskrift over brygger Walt:


                          "HER LIGGER WALT
                           HAN GJORDE MALT
                           OG DET VAR ALT"

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Dikterens gravskrift over seg selv:


                   "HAN ÅD, HAN DRAK, VAR ALDRIG GLAD
                     SINE STØVLEHÆLE GIK HAN SKÆVE
                       EI NOGET AT BESTILLE GAD
                    TILSIDST HAN GAD EI HELLER LEVE"

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Claus Fasting (1746†1791)
Gravskrift over en notarius publicus og hans kone.


                        HER HVILER HR. VON MARIUS,
                         FØR OFFENTLIG NOTARIUS;
                       OG HER HANS SALIG KONES LIG;
                       HUN ENDNU MER VAR OFFENTLIG.


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Slektsgrav i Stavanger:


                      ".....
                     HAN INDTRAADDE PAA LIVETS
                    BANE DEN 31. AUGUSTII 1787
                     EFTER FAAE, MEN MØYFULDE
                    SKRIDT SAAE HAN UDOVER DEN,
                      FANDT DEN FULD AF TORNE
                     OG VIIS VENDTE TILBAGE TIL
                    ALLES FADER DEN 9DE OCTBR. S. A.
                      HAN SKULDE HAVE GAVNET
                     VERDEN, OM DEN KUN HAVDE
                     VILDET BRUGE HANS VIISDOM:
                         DEN EVIGE SANDHED,
                          ALT KIØD ER HØE"


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Gravstøtte over en bilist med hastverk:


                      HER HVILER EFTER STRID
                     EN HELT SOM FALT FORLEDEN
                        HAN HAVDE IKKE TID
                      NU HAR HAN EVIGHEDEN

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