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He was buried at Dublin, with an epitaph recording his cowardice.

He closes the letter by saying, "There's a poem for you; it is rather too long for an epitaph."

But, now, the memory of it has been awakened within me by you, and I have read you its epitaph.

He was also asked to write an epitaph on John Frederick Roorbach.

The most beautiful thing he has done—to my mind—is his epitaph.

The world has long since written the word "Failure" as an epitaph for Robert Owen.

There his epitaph may be read in fine bold lettering, still distinct.

I would have for my epitaph your smile and the whimsical irony of your comment.

A marble sarcophagus was found, containing his body, and his epitaph.

One was of Terentia Tulliola, daughter of Cicero; the other had no epitaph.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French epitaphe (12c.) and directly from Medieval Latin epitaphium "funeral oration, eulogy," from Greek epitaphion "a funeral oration," noun use of neuter of epitaphos "of a funeral," from epi "at, over" (see epi-) + taphos "tomb, funeral rites," from PIE root *dhembh- "to bury." Among the Old English equivalents was byrgelsleoð.

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