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Caleb Emery Gowen

This epitaph is a quote from the Bible, John 14:27. The whole verse reads in the King James version “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” It is among the things that Christ told his disciples to prepare them for his death. I find the epitaph particularly interesting because its use on a tombstone can flip the meaning: instead of the speaker telling others not to despair at his imminent death, the deceased could be perceived as the listener being told of his own death.

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