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INSCRIPTION FOR A TABLET AT SILBURY-HILL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: This mound in some remote and dateless day
Last Line: Lives in the eternal register of heaven.
Subject(s): Advice; Future Life; God; Graves; Morality; Strangers; Travel; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Tombs; Tombstones; Ethics; Journeys; Trips


THIS mound in some remote and dateless day
Reared o'er a chieftain of the age of hills,
May here detain thee, traveller! from thy road
Not idly lingering. In his narrow house
Some warrior sleeps below; his gallant deeds
Haply at many a solemn festival
The bard has harped, but perished is the song
Of praise, as o'er these bleak and barren downs
The wind that passes and is heard no more.
Go, traveller, and remember when the pomp
Of earthly glory fades, that one good deed
Unseen, unheard, unnoted by mankind,
Lives in the eternal register of heaven.





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