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 whlly lost:
For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author.
He was born on January 6, 1706. Died 17__
[He composed this epitaph in 1728, but it was not used on his gravestone.]
Although it would be very expensive to have engraved, it might be worth it, especially for those of us who are writers or avid readers. ~ FMIL