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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
An Epitaph: ‘Like other things, this marble must decay’
By William Pierce
 
Intended for the monument of Major-General Greene

LIKE other things, this marble must decay,
The cipher’d characters shall fade away,
And naught but ruin mark this sacred spot,
Where Greene’s interr’d—perhaps the place forgot;
But time, unmeasured, shall preserve his name,        5
Through distant ages shall roll on his fame,
And in the heart of every good man, raise
A lasting monument of matchless praise.
 
 
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