“Don’t even think about it, punk”
Inscribed on Shakespeare’s gravestone is the following:
Good frend for Jesus sake forebeare,/ To digg the dust encloased heare;/ Bleste be the man that spares thes stones,/ And curst be he that moves my bones
I’ve just completed a draft for an edited collection on burial sites in Renaissance poetry, and given the occassion it seems appropriate to meditate for a moment on some Gothic epigrams.
My personal favourite is the oft quoted line from Lovecraft:
That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die.
And here is an interesting one from Walpole himself:
This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel
This one from Poe doesn’t really qualify as an epigram, but I think it is cool anyway:
That the play is the tragedy “Man,” And its hero the Conqueror Worm.
Happy Halloween once again, and remember:
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn