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What poet's epitaph reads, "Heroes and Kings! your distance keep: / In peace let one poor Poet sleep; / Who never flatter'd folks like you: / Let Horace blush and Virgil too"? 

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Alexander Pope. Pope, who was Catholic, is buried near his villa in Twickenham. He prefaced his epitaph, "For one who would not be buried in Westminster Abbey."

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