The self-styled epitaph also is recorded thus:The Body ofB.
FranklinPrinter;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 wholly lost:For it will, as he
believ'd, appear once more,In a new & more perfect Edition,Corrected
and AmendedBy the Author.
The Benjamin Franklin quotation has been a favorite of mine since the early
1970s, when I quoted it as a frontispiece to a volume of my personal journals.
Hence, it was easy to recognize two miniscule items in the quotation of Mr.
Franklin's words (the "or rotten" phrase and the definite article before the
last gerund).For those of you who want to remember the clause
accurately, here it is, corrected: "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you
are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the
writing."His self-composed epitaph also is worth remembering:Here lies the body ofBENJAMIN FRANKLIN, PRINTER,Like the
cover of an old book,Deprived of its lettering and gilding,And food
for worms;But the work itself shall be not lost;For, it will, as he
believed,Appear again, in a newAnd more beautiful edition,Corrected and amendedBy theAUTHOR.
My mother will turn 93 years young this October 2010. She still walks the
hallways at home although gingerly. She is the last evacuee from her village
still living after a volcanic eruption tore through her village home some 81
years ago.I was looking for someone to write her life story, then
these writing 6 tips shows up. Now I am encouraged to write the story myself.
I may even surprise myself and family.
This is a great article. I look forward to the workshop and or reading the book
mentioned. Thank you. I am a blogger and always looking for ways to improve and
bring interest into what I write. I love doing stories for my personal and
family history. Thank you.
My life is one big chapter'of where it all begin'thanks for the article
would be,of great interest.As to write a small novel of where it
all started with in family tree of ours..