An Epitaph on Niobe turned to Stone

Henry King 1592 (Worminghall, Buckinghamshire) – 1669 (Chichester)



This Pile thou seest built out of Flesh, not Stone,
Contains no shroud within, nor mouldring bone:
This bloodless Trunk is destitute of Tombe
Which may the Soul-fled Mansion enwombe.
This seeming Sepulchre (to tell the troth)
Is neither Tomb nor Body, and yet both.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme AABBCC
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 273
Words 47
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 6

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