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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Epigrams and Epitaphs
From the Grub-Street Journal
VI. Epitaph on James Moore-Smythe
 
HERE lies what had nor birth, nor shape, nor fame;
No gentleman! no man! no-thing! no name!
For Jamie ne’er grew James; and what they call
More, shrunk to Smith—and Smith’s no name at all.
Yet die thou can’st not, phantom, oddly fated:        5
For how can no-thing be annihilated?
 
 
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