17 September 2009

Today's Epitaph: The Good Die First

Today's epitaph comes from Mary Philpot's pedestal tombstone in Oak Hill Cemetery; Talbotton, Georgia.  Here's the entire inscription:

In Memory of
Mary A. Philpot
Died Nov 13, 1893
Aged 50 Years
"The good die first,
and they whose hearts
are dry as summer dust
burn to the socket."

I never cared for English Literature when I was in school, so I had to look this one up.  Mary's epitaph is a quote from William Wordsworth's The Excursion, first published in 1814.

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