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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Undertaker—Sexton
 
  The houses that he makes last till doomsday.
Shakespeare.    
  1
        Nigh to a grave that was newly made,
Leaned a sexton old on his earth-worn spade.
Park Benjamin.    
  2
                  Ye undertakers, tell us,
’Midst all the gorgeous figures you exhibit,
Why is the principal conceal’d, for which
You make this mighty stir?
Blair.    
  3
        Alas, poor Tom! how oft, with merry heart
Have we beheld thee play the Sexton’s part;
Each comic heart must now be grieved to see
The Sexton’s dreary part performed on thee.
Robert Fergusson.    
  4
  Has this fellow no feeling of his business, that he sings at grave-making? Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness.
Shakespeare.    
  5
        See yonder maker of the dead man’s bed,
The sexton, hoary-headed chronicle,
Of hard, unmeaning face, down which ne’er stole
A gentle tear.
Blair.    
  6
        Why is the hearse with scutcheons blazon’d round,
And with the nodding plume of ostrich crown’d?
No; the dead know it not, nor profit gain;
It only serves to prove the living vain.
Gay.    
  7
        There was a man bespake a thing,
Which when the owner home did bring,
He that made it did refuse it;
And he that brought it would not use it,
And he that hath it doth not know
Whether he hath it yea or no.
Sir John Davies.    
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