Friday, July 6, 2012


The plain tablet marker at the grave of John Morrison Norris (d. 1850) displays an epitaph that matches the simple style of the gravestone, one that does not dress its sentiment in metaphor or symbolism.

How short and fleeting is our life.

John Morrison
Son of E. &
Nancy Norris
died June 6,
Aged 10 yrs.
& 2 mo.
How short and fleeting is
our life, And how
uncertain is the time
When death will come and
end the strife, And waft
us to another clime.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Union County, Ohio

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