And of course now that the idea is in my head, I will forever think of this gravestone as the two-column gravestone—text, not architectural columns.
of John &
the first of
in the year
The sweet epitaph, a popular one for infants and children during this time period, is from the hymn “Thy Life I Read” by Samuel Stennett (b. 1727, d. 1795).
I take these little Lambs saith he
And lay them in my breast
Protection they shall find in me
In me be ever blessed.
Red Bank Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio