Archive for January 16th, 2012


The epitaph on the stone, “Though lost to sight to memory dear,” is, according to my cursory research, a both a popular epitaph and an enigma.  In 1880, a London newspaper published a song with that title and with that line as a refrain, stating the song had originally been published in an earlier magazine in 1703 by one Ruthven Jenkyns.  However, the “earlier magazine” did not seem to have ever existed, and the whole story seemed to be an invention.

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