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OraCURIOUS

COLLECTION

Of above 900 of the moll Remarkable

EPITAPHS*

Antient Serious

and S<| and
Modern, Merryi

In the Kingdoms of

Great Br it ainjr eland, 8lqk

In English Verse.

To which is added,

A corripleat Index of each Person's Name, the
Church, Town, Kingdom or County where
they were interr'd.

Vol. I.

fiow wide, alas! does Deaths Dominion fiy$
Ween evn our Names themselves and Stones must dye I

Ausonius.

Hie like never before pubiilh'd.

Faithfully Collefted by James Jones, Gent.
WESTMINSTER:

Printed for J.cib Er, A. C **iv B * 1U and B. Creaks; 1727-

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THE

P R E FAC E.

Presume 'tis a Piece of preposterous Work in recommending a Thing of this Nature to the Publick, that venerable Solemnity which usually attends the honourable Reliques of the Dead, challenges a peculiar Respect from the most Obdurate: Mankind no where shine forth more illu^ strioufly than in their Performances on the Grand Fate of thtfmfelves; there the most exalted Genius displays its utmost Abilities, to eternize the Memory of those worthy Predecessors, whom they are immediately to follow: The scatter'd Inscriptions on a thousand Tombs, are here engrav'd on one Monument; and mighty Warriours, dissonant in theirLives, are here united in one Volume: In this are the

A % Dead Dead made subservient to the Living, and those that have render'd them so, lhould be recompens'd by such as they serve, seeing the Dead can no mote retaliate their Labours, than those now living shall a hundred Years hence. The Marble Pyrar mids and lofty Monuments may for some Time signify who lies there, but the wintry Edge of Time soon blasts these faithless Witnesses, and bows the Workmanship to perish with the Workman; 'tis this; Monument alone that survives the Dint of Time, the Horrors of the Grave, and * the Glooms of Hell, that resembles the stately Column of H o R A C E,

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<cre Qerennius

Regafiqussitu Tyramidum altius. &c.

The Monuments of the Dead are a Collection" of all the sublimest Faculties the Living could excogitate, to perpetuate the Memory of their illustrious Ancestours; one may there read the various Compositions of many Nations, their different Turns of Fancy, all the promiscous Humours, and Inclinations peculiar to the several Branches of. Mankind, the Grave and Serious, the Merry and Jocose: Death is that dreadful Theme which has affrighted the trembling World since the Beginning 'till now, has Beljhazzar-like terrify'd the mighty Monarch on his Throne of State, and embitter'd the delicious Repast of purpl'dTyrants, with Smene Tekel, neither has it wanted Monuments from the first to intimate its Cruelty, and publish its Detestation to Mankind: Milton, whom nothing but the sublimest Grandeur could please, excellently describes that horrid Monster at the Approach of S A-. Tan, on his Passage to this World,

If Shape it might be called, that Shape had none Distinguishable in Member; Joint, or Limb, Or Substance might be caWd that Shadovo seemed, for each seemed either, black it stood as Night, fierce as ten Furies, terrible as Hell,

And a little after, Sin, on her bringing him forth, nobly represents the fatal Birth 9s that frightful Dæmon at his first Appearance,

— / fled, and cr/d out Death,

Hell tremlVd at the hideons Name, and figtfd

from all her Caves, and back resounded Death.

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