The Necronomicon is a fictional book mentioned in a number of Lovecraft's short stories and novellas. And we know a few quotes from it.
In "The Nameless City" (1921), a rhyming couplet that appears at two points in the story is ascribed to Abdul Alhazred (author of the book):
That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die.
The same couplet appears in "The Call of Cthulhu" (1928) where it is identified as a quotation from The Necronomicon.
Is there an intentional pun with the word "lie"? (telling lies and to recline/being buried)
Proof in Lovecraft's letters, for example?
Or is there any later work from another author (Brian Lumley, Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith) playing with the two meanings of this sentence?
I'm a French reader, and French translations that I've read only take the reclining meaning. And the pun is impossible in French.
_The Necronomicon_ was originally written in Arabic, then translated to Greek and Latin... and the pun is also impossible in these three languages.