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TitleA Remarkable Coincidence
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1890
AuthorsCannon, George Q.
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number41
Date Published13 October 1890
KeywordsBook of Mormon Authorship; Funeral; Literary Criticism; Literary Structure; Shakespeare, William

Lehi, in his final farewell to his family, stated that he “must soon lay down in the cold and silent grave, from whence no traveler can return” (2 Nephi 1:14). Inasmuch as similar words appear in the writings of William Shakespeare, Church critics believe that Joseph Smith borrowed the Book of Mormon statement from Shakespeare. However, in the ruins of Mexico similar words have been found to have been used in an ancient funeral speech.