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The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 7/Epitaph on the Same


BENEATH this verdant hillock lies
Demar[1], the wealthy and the wise.
His heirs, that he might safely rest,
Have put his carcase in a chest;
The very chest, in which, they say,
His other self, his money, lay.
And, if his heirs continue kind
To that dear self he left behind,
I dare believe, that four in five
Will think his better half alive.

  1. John D'Amory, esq. dying in 1720 without issue, his estates in Ireland went to John, the eldest son of his brother George; and his Dorsetshire estates to Joseph, a younger son, the immediate ancestor of the present earl of Dorchester.