A Palindromic Epitaph

In C. A. Dowson Scott’s Nooks and Corners of Cornwall (1912), Scott told of a curious epitaph located at St. Winwalloe’s churchyard, Gunwalloe, Cornwall:

Shall we all die?
We shall die all;
All die shall we —
Die all we shall.

While the epitaph is pretty amusing due to its palindromic nature (and it can be read vertically as well), it also reminds us of an eternal truth some people refuse to face, that we are mortals and shall eventually die.


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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15 Responses to A Palindromic Epitaph

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  2. maanini says:

    This is simply amazing!

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  3. I love it…and may have to go investigate as I live in Cornwall 🙂

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  4. Yes, it can be helpful to keep our mortality in mind, as that may inform how we choose to live.

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  5. David says:

    I didn’t catch the vertical read, pretty cool.

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  6. Love it!
    I’ve been binge watching, “Ask a Mortician” on YouTube. She’s very forward thinking about death and how we handle our dead bodies.
    I’m now going to have a Tibetian Sky Funeral. Yup, I’m forward thinking also.

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    • In Hong Kong, any talks about death or anything related to it is a taboo unless there’s someone dead.

      While I understand their reasons for avoiding such topics, I think that there’s nothing wrong to acknowledge the fact that we’ll all die in the end…

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  7. juliehcares says:

    I like that one! It’s weird how you can read it too to bottom too!

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  8. Garfield Hug says:

    Death is indeed inevitable….question is when and how one dies!

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