Et animae ejus bene precare!

MOZARDI 

TUMULO INSCRIBENDUM 

Qui jacet hic, 

Chordis Infans Miracula Mundi Auxit; 

et Orpheum Vir superavit.

Abi!

Et animae ejus bene precare! 

K. 

TO MOZART 

AN INSCRIPTION FOR HIS GRAVE 

(Mozart), Who rests here, 

As a child swelled the world’s wonders with the strings of his lyre; 

As a man, he surpassed Orpheus himself. 

Go hence! 

And pray earnestly for his soul! 

K. 

This epitaph was published in two newspapers in December 1791 and January 1792: The Wiener Zeitung of 31 December 1791 and the Grazer Burgerzeitung of 3 January 1792. 

Had this been inscribed on a commemorative plaque at that time, the place where he was buried might have not been lost. 

No commemorative plaque for Mozart was ever found. 

The Mozart Memorial in the St Marx Cemetery was erected where his grave is supposed to have been. Somewhere in that holy ground his mortal remains have found eternal rest. 

Go hence!

And pray earnestly for his soul! 

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