Seen in a country churchyard recently - the memorial to the unfortunate William Beames, aged 22.
' A warning peice to all young men
Who in their blooming age
Mispend their time and know not when
They must go off the stage.'
I wonder what he could possibly have got up to in rural Gloucestershire in the late eighteenth century. I'm interested in the 'ei' spelling in 'peice' - it seems to have been quite common at the time.