'Epitaph of Mr. Arthur Smith'
From a letter to Mrs Arthur Smith (9 October 1861).
'To Mrs Arthur Smith.' The Letters of Charles Dickens. The Pilgrim Edition. Edited by Graham Storey. Volume 9 (1859-1861), p. 473. Oxford University Press, 1997.
Dickens, Charles. 'Epitaph of Mr. Arthur Smith' (9 October 1861). Dickens Search. Eds. Emily Bell and Lydia Craig. Accessed [date]. https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1861-10-09_Epitaph_Arthur_Smith.
Here also lie the remains of
MR. ARTHUR SMITH,
In the Grave of his brother and father.
He died, 1st October 1861,
Aged 36 Years.
For his zeal, integrity, and fidelity,
He was widely beloved and honoured.
And it is believed
By those who knew him best,
That he had the clearest head
In affairs of business,
And the clearest heart
In all the affairs of life,
That were ever united to
The simple tastes,
The sweet temper and gentleness,
Of an affectionate child.
Dickens, Charles, “'Epitaph of Mr. Arthur Smith',” Dickens Search, accessed June 25, 2022, https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1861-10-09_Epitaph_Arthur_Smith.