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Short poem

Edmund Vance Cooke (1866-1932)

Requiescat in Pace

              1The man who fears to go his way alone,
              2    But follows where the greater number tread,
              3Should hasten to his rest beneath a stone;
              4    The great majority of men are dead.


1] The Latin phrase in the poem's title is frequently engraved on gravestones and means "Rest in peace."

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: A Patch of Pansies (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894): 49. Microtext Reading Room CIHM no. 29307. Robarts Library
First publication date: 1894
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/20

Rhyme: abab

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