"Passing through a country graveyard the other day, an inscription on a head-stone struck my eye. The stone was by the side of the path, where everyone could see it, and it was placed there in memory of a young man who died at the age of seventeen. It was—

‘Reader, one moment,
Stop, and think:
That I am in eternity!
And you are on the brink!’”

- James Smith

Inc and Colour on Silk, magpies perched on a prunus tree, incription and seal , c. 170 x 94 cm, Ming style, early 19th Century

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