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EPITAPH ON ELIZABETH, L.H., by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wouldst thou hear what man can say
Last Line: Than that it lived at all. Farewell.
Subject(s): Coke, Sir Edward (1552-1634); Death; Hatton, Lady Elizabeth (mrs Edward Coke); Dead, The


Wouldst thou hear what man can say
In a little? Reader, stay.

Underneath this stone doth lie
As much beauty as could die;
Which in life did harbor give
To more virtue than doth live.
If at all she had a fault,
Leave it buried in this vault.
One name was Elizabeth;
Th' other, let it sleep with death:
Fitter, where it died, to tell,
Than that it lived at all. Farewell.




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