Love to ruin.
Nay, I repent it.
Reap sad toils.
Violence run forth.
Best in prayer.
Dead respire again.
A selection of anagrams from Literary frivolities, fancies, follies and frolics (1880)
And thus myself said to me,
Look to thyself and take care of thyself,
For nobody cares for thee.
So I turned to myself, and I answered myself,
In the self-same reverie,
Look to myself or look not to myself,
The self-same thing will it be.
This bit of nonsense was published in The Real Mother Goose (1916), a well-known collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, but appears to have an older and slightly more sinister provenance: the gravestone of a man buried in Homersfield, Suffolk, in 1810.
Frank Hayes died, as many do, of a fatal heart attack.
Slightly rarer was the fact that his heart attacked while Frank was perched atop a fine horse called Sweet Kiss, who was busy winning a race at the Belmont Park racetrack in New York.
Frank is therefore the only jockey before or since to win a race posthumously. Sweet Kiss couldn’t be reached for comment.