29 November 2015

Life Divides, Death Joins Together

I, probably like most amateur historians, gravitate toward the "old" tombstones when traipsing through cemeteries. I paused at Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy's newer granite ledger marker, though, because I'm related to many (most?) Peavys of middle and south Georgia. So I must always document those!

I was not only rewarded with some vital dates for cousin Rip Peavy, but also a quite interesting epitaph.

Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy, Sr.
Aug 29, 1905
Jan 1, 1994
No Longer Let Life Divide What Death Can Join Together

We often see death as dividing the living from those that have passed on, but this line tells it a bit differently. Here, death is joining Lucius together with those that have gone before.

The prophetic words are from a poem by Percy Shelley entitled Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats. They can be found in the 53rd of 55 stanzas:
Why linger, why turn back, why shrink, my Heart?
Thy hopes are gone before: from all things here
They have departed; thou shouldst now depart!
A light is pass'd from the revolving year,
And man, and woman; and what still is dear
Attracts to crush, repels to make thee wither.
The soft sky smiles, the low wind whispers near:
'Tis Adonais calls! oh, hasten thither,
No more let Life divide what Death can join together.
P.S. Lucius Van "Rip" Peavy was son of Lucius M. Peavy (1879-1964) and Mary E. Peavy (1881-1960). All rest in the Pinehurst City Cemetery of Dooly County, Georgia.

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