Epitaph (Coleridge)

Epitaph  (1833) 
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Stop, Christian Passer-by!---Stop, Child of God,
And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod
A poet lies, or that which once seem'd he.---
O, lift one thought in prayer for S. T. C.;
That he who many a year with toil of breath
Found death in life, may here find life in death!
Mercy for praise---to be forgiven for fame
He ask'd, and hoped, through Christ. Do thou
the same!

9th November, 1833

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.