ANONYMOUS – Papyrus Chester Beatty IV
Papyrus Chester Beatty IV (1300-1100 B.C.)
Man dies, his body is dust,
his family all brought low to he earth;
but writing shall make him remembered,
alive in the mouths of any who read.
Better a book than a builded mansion,
better than body’s home in the West,
splendid above a fine house in the country
or stone-carved deeds in the precinct of God.
Translation: John L. FOSTER