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A Horse’s Epitaph

1 December 2011 Comments

By Robert Lowe (1811-1892)

Soft lies the turf on these who find their rest
Beneath our common mother’s ample breast,
Unstained by meanness, avarice, or pride;
They never cheated, and they never lied.
They ne’er intrigued a rival to displace;
They ran, but never betted on the race;
Content with harmless sports and simple food,
Boundless in faith, and love, and gratitude;
Happy the man, if there be any such—
Of whom his epitaph can say as much.

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Robert Lowe was born in England. He did well in school and was establishing himself as a successful academic when his eyesight began to deteriorate. He moved to Australia in 1841 and quickly became involved in politics and a legal practice. In 1850 he returned to England, where he continued his political career.

Tagged: Australia, Books & Reading, Horses, Horses Epitaph by Lowe, In Memoriam, Poetry, Robert Lowe, United Kingdom, United Kingdom - England

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