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First Line: Here is buried a miser
Last Line: When all earth's else fails!
Alternate Author Name(s): Ramal, Walter; De La Mare, Walter
Subject(s): Epitaphs

Here is buried a Miser:
Had he been wiser,
He would not have gone bare
Where Heaven's garmented are.
He'd have spent him a penny
To buy a Wax Taper;
And of Water a sprinkle
To quiet a poor Sleeper.
He'd have cried on his soul,
'O my Soul, moth & rust! --
What treasure shall profit thee
When thou art dust?'
'Mene, Tekel, Upharsin!'
God grant, in those Scales,
His Mercy avail us
When all Earth's else fails!

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