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Far from affliction toil and care
The happy soul is fled
The breathless day shall slumber here
Among the silent dead

When I started looking up information on this epitaph, I discovered this website, Last Words. There was an entire page of “last words,” by which they meant epitaphs.

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With heavenly weapons I have faught
The battles of the Lord.
Finished my course and keep the faith
And wait the sure reward.

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One of my favorite decorative elements on old tombstones are the little rosettes and carvings that appear on the shoulders of the stone.

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Can you guess who it is?

At First Presbyterian Church in East Cleveland, Ohio:
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At Erie Street Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio:
Eliakim Nash

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The epitaph for Parys Plumb is taken from a 1734 poem by Isaac Watts entitled “A Fun­er­al Ode at the In­ter­ment of the Bo­dy, Sup­posed to Be Sung by Mourn­ers.” Watts’ words were set to music by George Handel to become a hymn known as “Unveil Thy Bosom, Faithful Tomb.” The entire hymn and music can be found here.

So Jesus slept; God’s dying sone
Passed through the grave, & blest the bed:
Rest heir blessed saint, till from his throne
The morning break and pierce the shade


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The weeping willow is one of my favorite funerary symbols, and the cemetery at the former First Presbyterian Church in East Cleveland is full of them.  As I said when we looked at this symbol before, the tree has an association not only with grief, but with immortality in many cultures.

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Most of the art with willow trees in this churchyard also features urns. Urns of course can be used to hold ashes, as the Greeks used them, but they also came to be associated with memorializing the deceased even in a 19th century American culture that rarely practiced cremation.

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