"'Roses, roses all the way, and never a sprig of yew.'"

Requiescat (meaning 'rest in peace') is a poem by Matthew Arnold written in 1853.

Strew on her roses, roses,

And never a spray of yew!

In quiet she reposes;

Ah, would that I did too!

Mr Prewitt confuses Requiescat with The Patriot by Robert Browning, another Victorian poet with whom Arnold was often compared.

Yew trees are often planted in church yards, and can be seen as a symbol of sorrow or death. Sprays are sometimes placed on coffins to symbolise resurrection and eternal life.