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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.