sudden death oddly brought on

Here lies alas! poor Roger Norton,

Whose sudden death was odly brought on!

Trying one day his corns to mow off,

The razor slipped and cut his toe off!

The toe, or rather what it grew to,

The part then took to mortifying.

Which was the cause of Roger’s dying.

From a Churchyard near Greenock

Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers, Edinburgh,1990

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