Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Epitaph: Death cannot the soul imprison

The grave marker for Sarah Donaldson (d. 1844) at Lithopolis cemetery is rather plain looking in comparison to some markers carved by J. W. Jungkurth. Plain or not, the stone is beautifully carved.

Wife of
Decemr 21st 1844,
aged 19 years,
9 mos and 21 ds.

The open Bible at the top of the gravestone shows a familiar passage from Ecclesiastes. Note the interesting detail of the dog-eared page on the left.

The uplifting epitaph is from “Funeral Hymn” by Sir John Bowring (b. 1792, d. 1872).

Look aloft the spirit’s rising,
Death cannot the sowl imprison,
Tis in heaven that spirits dwell,
Glorious though invisible.

Lithopolis Cemetery, Fairfield County, Ohio

1 comment:

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