Thursday, 17 May 2012

Theodore, King of Corsica

© Godric Godricson

On Theodore, King of Corsica, written by Horace Walpole.

Near this place is interred. Theodore, King of Corsica,
Who died in this parish Dec. 11, 1756, Immediately after leaving the King’s Bench prison, By the benefit of the Act of Insolvency, In consequence of which he resigned His Kingdom of Corsica For the use of his creditors.

The grave great teacher to a level brings
Heroes and beggars, galley slaves and kings,
But Theodore this moral learn’d ere dead,
Fate pour’d its lessons on his living head,
Bestowed a kingdom and denied him bread.

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