Feb 25, 2011

Benjamin Franklin's own mock epitaph.

Other than being a historical figure and all, Benjamin Franklin must have been a funny guy. At least when he was young, before doing more boring things like investigating on electricity or becoming one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

When he was a young man in 1728, Franklin had composed his own mock epitaph which read:

The Body of
B. Franklin Printer;
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be wholly lost:
For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author.
Born Jan 6th, 1706.

However, what eventually his gravestone would read was simply:

Benjamin and Deborah Franklin.

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