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Definition of Inscription

Something written on another thing.  Inscriptions are of many kinds, but mostly memorial, intended to commemorate the fame of some illustrious person and hand down to distant ages the record of his services and virtues.  To this class of inscriptions belongs the name of John Smith, penciled on the Washington monument.  Following are examples of memorial inscriptions on tombstones:  (See EPITAPH.)
  'In the sky my soul is found,
  And my body in the ground.
  By and by my body'll rise
  To my spirit in the skies,
  Soaring up to Heaven's gate.

  'Sacred to the memory of Jeremiah Tree.  Cut down May 9th, 1862,
aged 27 yrs. 4 mos. and 12 ds.  Indigenous.'

      'Affliction sore long time she boar,
          Phisicians was in vain,
      Till Deth released the dear deceased
          And left her a remain.
  Gone to join Ananias in the regions of bliss.'

  'The clay that rests beneath this stone
  As Silas Wood was widely known.
  Now, lying here, I ask what good
  It was to let me be S. Wood.
  O Man, let not ambition trouble you,
  Is the advice of Silas W.'

  'Richard Haymon, of Heaven.  Fell to Earth Jan. 20, 1807, and had the dust brushed off him Oct. 3, 1874.'

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


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