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Definition of Grave

  GRAVE   noun
A place in which the dead are laid to await the coming of the medical student.
  Beside a lonely grave I stood --
      With brambles 'twas encumbered;
  The winds were moaning in the wood,
      Unheard by him who slumbered,

  A rustic standing near, I said:
      'He cannot hear it blowing!'
  ''Course not,' said he:  'the feller's dead --
      He can't hear nowt [sic] that's going.'

  'Too true,' I said; 'alas, too true --
      No sound his sense can quicken!'
  'Well, mister, wot is that to you? --
      The deadster ain't a-kickin'.'

  I knelt and prayed:  'O Father, smile
      On him, and mercy show him!'
  That countryman looked on the while,
      And said:  'Ye didn't know him.'

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Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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