Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Immortalized in Stone

I was researching epitaphs to use as an attention getter in my lesson for tomorrow. I came across some really great ones. Since it's Halloween time, I thought this would be a good morbid post. ;) These came from The Epitaph Browser. As far as I can tell, these are real.

Here lies a miser who lived for himself, who cared
for nothing but gathering wealth. Now where he is and how he fares;
nobody knows and nobody cares

When I am dead and in my grave,
and all my bones are rotten.
While reading this you'll think of me
when I am long forgotten!

Here lies
Ezekial Aikle
Age 102
The Good
Die Young

My glass is run, my life is spent,
My earthly temple was but lent
Why should I wish for length of years
To spend them in a vail of tears
Friends nor physicians could not save
My mortal body from the grave
Nor can the grave confine it here
When Christ doth call me to appear.

Remember friend as you walk by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now you will surely be
Prepare thyself to follow me.

Abe Bell:
He has gone to the only place
where his own works are excelled.

Here lies the body
Of Margaret Bent
She kicked up her heels
And away she went.

Here lies the body
of Jonathan Blake
Stepped on the gas pedal
Instead of the brake

Hannah Churchill 11/06/1811
23 Years:
All you that do behold my stone,
Consider how soon I was gone
Death does not always warning give
Therefore be cautious, how you live
Repent in time no time delay
In my youth was called away

Peter Daniels
Edinburgh, Scotland:
Beneath this stone a lump of clay
Lies Uncle Peter Dan'els
Who early in the month of May
Took off his winter flannels

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Windlesham Estate,
Crowborough Sussex, England:
Steel True, Blade Straight

Sacred to the memory of Anthony Drake
Who died for peace and quietness sake;
His wife was constantly scolding and scoffin;
So he sought for repose in a twelve-dollar coffin.

On the 22nd of June
Jonathan Fiddle
Went out of tune

Eugene Leighton Lawler
Mary Magdelena Catholic Cemetery,
Marin County, California:
What is it like after you are dead?
Like it was before you were born and for just as long.


Becky said...

I thought they were more funny than morbid. What does that say about me?

(The power phrases were on a poster, but we also made individual bookmarks for each student to keep in their scriptures.)

Nene said...

Reading these made me wonder who wanted them put on their graves - the person who died, or the family left behind?

Inklings said...

I'm thinking the family left behind, Nene. Should make for some interesting conversations on the other side, huh? :0)

And can you just see us in Heaven parties? So...how did you die? :0)

Amber said...

I always tease Kaleb and tell him I want my grave to say "I told you so!" (it fits for so many different things! LOL)