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What we Gave we Have, What we Spent we Had, What we Had we Lost

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Epitaph of the Good Earl of Courtenay. (Gibbon: History of the Courtenay Family.)

The epitaph in St. George’s church, Doncaster, runs thus:

“How now, who is here?

I, Robin of Doncastere

And Margaret, my feere.

That I spent, that I had;

That I gave, that I have;

That I left, that I lost.”

This is a free translation of Martial’s distich—


“Extra fortunam est quidquid donatur amicis Quas dederis, solas semper habebis opes.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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