emma’s father had died January 11, 1839. his tombstone bore the inscription: “the body of isaac hale, the hunter, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of their lettering and gilding, lies here, food for worms, yet the work itself shall not be lost, and it will appear once more in a mew and beautiful edition, corrected and amended.”
that epitaph sounds familiar. isaac hales lived (and died) in pennsylvania, right?
The body of
B. Franklin, Printer
(Like the cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn Out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will (as he Believ’d) Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author.