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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Author Unknown

A Group of Indian Epigrams: Death Better Than Poverty

Translation of Charles Rockwell Lanman, editor

A POOR man to a grave-yard went with speed,

And to a corpse he spake that rested there:

“Ho, rise, friend, quick! one moment help me bear

My heavy load of poverty and need.

Tired am I now. Long do I yearn to see

The quiet ease that death hath brought to thee.”

The corpse bethought himself:—

“Full well I know

Death’s yoke is easy,

Poverty’s not so.”

Never a word spake he.