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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:549
AUTHOR:Inscription, grave of James Louis Petigru
QUOTATION:
Future times will hardly know how great a life
This simple stone commemorates—
The tradition of his Eloquence, his
Wisdom and his Wit may fade:
But he lived for ends more durable than fame,
His Eloquence was the protection of the poor and wronged;
His Learning illuminated the principles of Law—
In the admiration of his Peers,
In the respect of his People,
In the affection of his Family,
His was the highest place;
The just meed
Of his kindness and forbearance
His dignity and simplicity
His brilliant genius and his unwearied industry
Unawed by Opinion,
Unseduced by Flattery,
Undismayed by Disaster,
He confronted Life with antique Courage
And Death with Christian Hope.
ATTRIBUTION:Excerpt from inscription on the monument over the grave of James Louis Petigru, St. Michael’s churchyard, Charleston, South Carolina.—James Petrigru Carson, Life, Letters and Speeches of James Louis Petigru, the Union Man of South Carolina, p. 487 (1920).
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