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AN EPITAPH ON MR.WM. HOPTON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Reader, stay, and read a truth
Last Line: Back again, and sleep with him.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Hopton, William (d. 1591)


READER, stay, and read a truth:
Here lies Hopton, goodness, youth.
Drop a tear, and let it be
True as thou would'st wish for thee;
Shed one more, thou best of souls;
Those two tears shall be new poles:
By the first we'll sail and find
Those lost jewels of his mind;
By the latter we will swim
Back again, and sleep with him.





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