Epitaph on Elias James

When God was pleased, the world unwilling yet,
Elias James to nature paid his debt,
And here reposeth; as he lived he died,
The saying in him strongly verified
"Such life, such death", then, a known truth to tell,
He lived a godly life and died as well.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.



  1. Dobson, M., Wells, S, "Epitaph on Elias James", The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, Oxford University Press, 2001, p.130.