17 February 2010

Is that a Pillow Carved on Top of Bernice's Tombstone?

Bernice Ellars (13 Jan 1894 - 15 Jul 1905) was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery at Fitzgerald, Georgia. Her stone is a little different. The top of it looks somewhat like a pillow, with tassels hanging down on all four corners. For some reason it reminds me of a pulpit marker.

I think I actually read about something similar on another blog, but I unfortunately cannot remember which one.

By the way, Bernice's epitaph -- "And we wept that one so lovely Should have a life so brief." -- is a quote by William Cullen Bryant. It is from the poem "The Death of the Flowers." The last stanza:

And then I think of one who in her youthful beauty died,
The fair meek blossom that grew up and faded by my side.
In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the forests cast the leaf,
And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief:
Yet not unmeet it was that one, like that young friend of ours,
So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers.

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