To the Memory of
RICHARD HENRY HARRISON
Youngest Son of
Dr. Wm. J. & Sophia Russell
Who departed this life
February 2nd, 1843
Aged 5 years, 10 months
and 4 days.
Time was, is past, thou canst not it recall
Time is, thou hast, improve the portion small
Time future is not and may never be
Time present is the only time for thee.
Small box tomb located at
Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery
in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
(Photo © 2010-18 S. Lincecum)
It seemed morose when I also found the lines from Richard's epitaph in a Sunday School Children's Magazine dated 1839, along with these others:
Why should I say 'tis yet too soon
To seek for heaven, or think of death?
A flower may fade before 'tis noon,
And I this day may lose my breath.
But the more I think about it, I must admit it's also fitting.