31 October 2008

A Beautiful Epitaph

An "epitaph," a Greek word literally meaning on the gravestone, is a short text honoring a deceased person. I've seen many beautiful ones, some of which I will begin to share with you. I believe the epitaphs found on gravestones are also somewhat regional. This, of course, does not always apply. An in-depth study of epitaphs is another post. *Sigh* -- please forgive my ramble. :-)

I would like to share a particularly beautiful epitaph from Sardis Cemetery. It can be found on the tombstone for Mr. J. A. Hammock:

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love has given
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in Heaven.

I have seen the first portion many times in the cemeteries I have visited, but the second portion is not as common. It is quite beautiful, I think.

Southern Graves Home

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