1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

John Sheffield, Sheffield's Epitaph; Daily Journal (15 March 1721).



The following is an Epitaph upon the late Duke of Buckingham, written by himself.

Pro Rege Saepe
Pro Republica Semper.
Dubius, non improbus, vixi,
Incertus, sed inturbatus Morior
Christum adveneror.
In Deo confido,
Aeterno & Omnipotente
Ens Entium Miserere Mei.

For the King often,
For my Country always.
Doubtful, not wicked I have liv'd
Uncertain, but undisturb'd I die.
To Christ I come with Veneration,
In God I trust,
Eternal and Omnipotent.
Being of Beings, have Mercy on me.