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I WAS ONCE WHAT YOU ARE WHAT I AM YOU WILL BECOME

I WAS ONCE WHAT YOU ARE WHAT I AM YOU WILL BECOME

the couplet, probably drafted, but not written, by Governor Clementi, in-scripted at the eastern gate of the Hong Kong, Happy Valley, St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery
735 — 804-05-19 Albinus Alcuinu
You are now, traveller, what I once was,
and what I am now you will one day become.
I pursued worldly pleasures with a futile passion,
and here I am now dust and ashes, food for worms.
For this reason remember to look after the soul
and not your body, for one lasts, the other perishes.
Why build up your estates? you see in what a cramped tomb
I am here held at rest: thus small will be your own.
1401-12-21 — 1428 Masaccio
IO.FU.GIA.QUEL.CHE.VOI.SIETE:E.QUEL.CHI SON VOI.ANCOR.SARETE
(I WAS ONCE WHAT YOU ARE: AND WHAT I AM YOU WILL BECOME)

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