The grave of William S. Crumb (d. 1850) is marked by an ornate tablet marker with an epitaph that caught my eye. Oppressed? Harassed?
April 15th 1850.
27 years 8 mo
& 12 days.
With years oppressed,
Dejected & Harassed
To thee Oh! God I pray
Oh! cast me not away.
The epitaph is from the first verse of a poem by Sir Robert Grant (b. 1779, d. 1838), a British lawyer, politician, and hymn writer. “Psalm LXXI” was first published in Grant’s posthumous Sacred Poems.
With years oppressed, with sorrows worn,
Dejected, harassed, sick, forlorn,
To Thee, O God, I pray :
To Thee my withered hands arise,
To Thee I lift these failing eyes,
O! cast me not away !
Thy mercy heard my infant prayer,
Thy love, with all a mother’s care,
Sustained my childish days :
Thy goodness watched my ripening youth,
And formed my heart to love Thy truth,
And filled my lips with praise.
O Savior ! has Thy grace declined ?
Can years affect th’ Eternal Mind ?
Or time its love decay ?—
A thousand ages pass Thy sight,
And all their long and weary flight
Is gone like yesterday.
Yes! broken, tuneless, still, O Lord,
This voice transported shall record
Thy goodness tried so long ;
Till, sinking slow, with calm decay
Its feeble murmurs melt away
Into a seraph’s song !
Williamsville Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio