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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Inscription on a Wall in St. Edmund’s Church in Lombard Street, London
Anonymous
 
MAN, thee behoveth oft to have this in mind,
That thou givest with thine hand, that thou shalt find;
For widows be slothful, and children be unkind,
Executors be covetous, and keep all that they find
If anybody ask where the dead’s goods became?        5
So God help me and Halidam, he died a poor man.
 
 
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