Funeral Memorial Poem – Epitaph on my own Friend By Robert Burns
Read by Marc Lemezma Funeral Celebrant
Sometimes poetry benefits from brevity.
This is such a piece, it is wonderfully written and magically succinct. Easy enough for anyone, even a grieving relative, to attempt with minimal trepidation.
An honest man here lies at rest,
As e’er God with His image blest:
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d:
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
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