Benjamin Franklin Representative selections, with introduction, bibliograpy, and notes

By Benjamin Franklin

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of your Elegy. _Take one of your Neighbours
who has lately departed this Life; it is no great matter at
what Age the Party dy'd, but it will be best if he went away
suddenly, being_ Kill'd, Drown'd, _or_ Frose to Death.

_Having chose the Person, take all his Virtues, Excellencies,
&c. and if he have not enough, you may borrow some to make up
a sufficient Quantity: To these add his last Words, dying
Expressions, &c. if they are to be had; mix all these
together, and be sure you strain them well. Then season all
with a Handful or two of Melancholly Expressions, such as_,
Dreadful, Deadly, cruel cold Death, unhappy Fate, weeping
Eyes, &c. _Have mixed all these Ingredients well, put them
into the empty Scull of some_ young Harvard; (_but in Case
you have ne'er a One at Hand, you may use your own_,) _there
let them Ferment for the Space of a Fortnight, and by that
Time they will be incorporated into a Body, which take out,
and having prepared a sufficient Quantity of double Rhimes,
such as_ Power, Flower; Quiver, Shiver; Grieve us, Leave us;
tell you, excel you; Expeditions, Physicians; Fatigue him,
Intrigue him; &c. _you must spread all upon Paper, and if you
can procure a Scrap of Latin to put at the End, it will
garnish it mightily, then having affixed your Name at the
Bottom, with a_ Moestus Composuit, _you will have an
Excellent Elegy._

N. B. _This Receipt will serve when a Female is the Subject
of your Elegy, provided you borrow a greater Quantity of
Virtues, Excellencies, &c._


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