An epitaph taken from Westminster — anonymous

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When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits

I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change.

So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt

I settled for changing only family, those closest to me

But alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realise :

If I had only changed myself first

Then, by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement,

I would then have been able to better my country

And who knows, I may even have changed the world

[according to Jenny @ Blogladder, it belongs to an Anglican bishop who was buried in the crypt of Westminster Abbey in A.D. 1100.]

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2 Responses to “An epitaph taken from Westminster — anonymous”

  1. mindfulmark Says:

    I have it on good authority that Jenny@BlogLadder is correct regarding the origins of this.

  2. Darleen Otts Says:

    “lady chłodnicze”

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