Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Capt. John Raymond, Norwalk, CT - 1774

Fig. 1 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved

Here
Lies Interr'd
the Body of
Capt. JOHN RAYMOND
who departed this
Life on ye 2d day of
January 1774 in the 81st
Year of his Age

You pass with Melancholy state
By all thise solemn [?] to of fa
[?] think as [?] your tread
above the venerable dead
[- - ] like you [- -]
[] time will be when you shall rest

Fig. 2 - (c) 2010 Marian Pierre-Louis. All Rights Reserved

Pine Island Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut

1 comment:

  1. I was curious too, so I did an internet search for the verse and found out that it comes from a poem called "A Night-Piece on Death" by Thomas Parnell (1679-1718. ) Look him up - they call him one of the "Graveyard Poets". He's an interesting fellow!

    "You pass with melancholy state
    By all these solemn heaps of fate.
    And think as soft as sad you tread above
    the Venerable Dead,
    Time was like you Life possess'd
    And time will be when you shall rest."
    ~Venus

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