Sometimes the relations of the deceased use the tombstone as a medium for advertising the wares sold by the deceased, as note the following from a Paris cemetery where a small lamp was kept burning under an urn over the deceased’s grave, and on the gravestone was this inscription:
Here lies Pierre Victor Fournier, inventor of the Everlasting Lamp which consumes only one centime’s worth of oil in one hour. He was a good father, son and husband. His inconsolable widow continues his business in the Bue aux Trois. Goods sent to all parts of the city. Do not mistake the opposite shop for this.
The next epitaph is still professional, but in a more serious vein on a blacksmith’s tombstone
My tongues and hammers I’ve resigned
My bellows they have lost their wind,
My fires extinct, my forge decayed
And in the dust my vice is laid;
My coals are spent, my iron gone,
My nails are drove, my work is done.
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