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What did Benjamin Franklin epitaph say?
April 23, 2012 11:45PM
In 1728, when Franklin was 22, he composed a mock epitaph, which is well-known today:
The body of
B. Franklin, Printer
Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn Out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author.
However, his gravemarker reads simply: