Epitaphs

  • EPITAPHS

  • For a Fool

  • Countee Cullen

    On earth the wise man makes the rules,

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  • And is the fool’s adviser,

  • But here the wise are as the fools,

  • (And no man is the wiser).

  • For One Who Gaily Sowed His Oats

  • Countee Cullen

    My days were a thing for me to live,

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  • For others to deplore;

  • I took of life all it could give;

  • Rind, inner fruit, and core.

  • For a Wanton

  • Countee Cullen

    To men no more than so much cover

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  • For them to doff or try,

  • I found in death a constant lover;

  • Here in his arms I lie.

  • For a Preacher

  • Countee Cullen

    Vanity of vanitites,

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  • All is vanity; yea,

  • Even the rod He flayed you with