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Epitaphs

More unusual and moving epitaphs.

This is an example of an epitaph that pleads with the reader to remember the deceased. Very often the only trace that people have left is the epitaph itself:


In Uckfield, ob. 1610 :—
John Fuller.
Now I am dead and lyd in grave, And that my bones are rotten, By this shall I remember’d be,
Or else I am forgotten.

At Michaelchurch churchyard, Herts :—
John Prosser is my name, & England is my nation, Bowchurch is my dwelling place, & Christ is my salvation. Now I am dead, & in my grave, & all my bones are rotten, As you pass by, remember me, when I am quite forgotten.

epitaphs for children

Here is a touching epitaph for a girl that passed away when she was only 5 months old. Given the high infant mortality back then, these kinds of epitaphs are far too common in old churchyards.
Ob. 1772, aet. 5 months and 2 days :—
Frances Soame.
The cup of Life just with her lips she prest, Found the taste bitter, and declin’d the rest; Averse then turning from the face of day,
She softly sigh’d her little soul away.—F. Soame.

Another epitaph expressing confidence in the Resurrection. These types of epitaphs were common in churchyards in Britain and New England. They served as confirmation that the deceased had led a Christian life and also conveyed a belief system to the reader:
At Wisbeach:—Beneath a sleeping infant lies,
To earth whose body lent More glorious shall hereafter rise,
But not more innocent.
When the archangel’s trump shall blow, And souls to bodies join,
Millions will wish their lives below
Had been as short as thine.—S. Wesley.

A sad epitaph on the grave a little child:
Tread softly, Passenger, for here doth lie,
A dainty Jewel of sweet Infancy :
A harmless Babe, that only came and cried, In Baptism to be wash’d from Sin, and dy’d.
In this Marble Casket lies A matchless Jewel of rich Prize :
Whom Nature, in the World s Disdain, But shew’d, and put it up again.

Another epitaph similar to the above, also for a small child:
In Chelsea Church, ob. 1808, ret. 14 days:— Mount ague Rush.
Farewell sweet innocent; a flower too fair To bless thy anxious parents’ tender care;
Too bright thy bloom for us on Earth to view; We gazed ! admired! we wept and bade adieu! ! ! Return d thee back to Heav’n’s illumin’d Sphere, To bloom for ever as au Angel there.



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