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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
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An inscription on a tomb, showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect. Following is a touching example:

 Here lie the bones of Parson Platt,
Wise, pious, humble and all that,
Who showed us life as all should live it;
Let that be said — and God forgive it!