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Post-Obits and the Poets
by Marcus Valerius Martialis

He unto whom thou art so partial,
Oh, reader! is the well-known Martial,
The Epigrammatist: while living,
Give him the fame thou wouldst be giving;
So shall he hear, and feel, and know it --
Post-obits rarely reach a poet.

-Translated by George Gordon, Lord Byron