Quotation by Benjamin Franklin

The body
Benjamin Franklin
(Like the cover of an old book
Its contents torn out
And stripped of its lettering and gilding)
Lies here, food for worms.
But the work shall not be lost
For it will (as he believed) appear once more
In a new and more elegant edition
Revised and corrected
The Author.
Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), U.S. statesman, writer. "Epitaph on Himself," vol. 10, Complete Works, ed. John Bigelow (1887-1888).

Composed in 1728, when Franklin was 22, it was not used on Franklin's monument. See also Franklin on "life."
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