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reference to the departed than a Scriptural

quotation can supply.

The influence of epitaphs on society is of a salutary kind. A churchyard is a volume whose admonitions are usually sought when the heart is best prepared to receive them; and he who is softened and impressed by reflections on the dead is not likely to indulge in bitterness and injustice towards the living.

The most simple classification of youth, maturity, and age has been adopted in composing the inscriptions, with little re

ference to rank and those distinctions in

society, which in this life are so precarious, and which death utterly destroys.

At the same time, the diversified cha

racter of life and the varied circumstances

of dissolution have not been disregarded.

The epitaphs are thrown together promiscuously in the Volume, to impart a variety which may recommend it to the

general Reader.

As the Churchyard Lyrist is intended to be practically and generally useful, it is adapted to different degrees of in

telligence.

Originality and taste, how

ever desirable, affect, comparatively, but a few, while the many are more accessible to the plainer precepts of piety and morality.

The considerate will not object to the

numerous instances in which the Author has

availed himself of the thoughts of other writers: without this indulgence, the difficulty of preparing the present publication would have been as much increased, as

the interest of the work would have been

diminished.

A recent publication has, in a degree, supplied the want of original epitaphs, but not so amply as to render the present

work unnecessary.

The whole of the in

scriptions now offered to the public were written some time before the publication of

Doctor Booker made its appearance.

CONTENTS.

As the epitaphs are for the most part suitable
to the gravestones of different characters, so a
general index is unnecessary. The following list
contains the numbers of such as are more imme-
diately applicable to particular cases.

For Pious Characters.

92

104
107

For Affliction and Sudden Death.

28

45

54

60

64

66

79

93

96

101
143
144

148
149
203
219
263
270

276
311
320
352
403
424

437
484
485
595

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18

30

38

59

62

82

90

97

116

117

121

150

165

176

178

179

184

200

220

223

231

235

241

243

250

272

295

300

310

324

340

366

381
392
407
410

418
419
422
432
433
461
464
494
499

Miscellaneous.

23
76
84
88
98

130

160

162

188

202

207

209

218

227

240

253

254

258

296

263

369

375

377

393

395

415

416

417

420

427

438

442

444

447

458

466

471

480

483

498

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