Thursday, April 17, 2008

Today's Word—Final Edits

B. Franklin, in revision

“The Body of
B. Franklin,
Like the Cover of an Old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be wholly lost;
For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more,
In a new and more perfect Edition,
Corrected and amended, By the author.”
—Today marks the 218th anniversary of the death of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), the colonial printer, statesman, writer, kite-flyer and inventor who penned this epitaph for his own gravestone.

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