02 May 2016

Poem Turned Epitaph for Mrs. Clarra Williams

Born October 1866, Mrs. Clara / Clarra Williams was the wife of Mr. M. E. "Lige" Williams.  She died at the age of just 30 years at Pinehurst, Dooly County, Georgia the 14th of February, 1897.  She had been ill for about week with La Grippe.

Her obituary in the 18 February 1897 Vienna Progress (Georgia, pg. 5, col. 2) goes on to say:

Mrs. Williams was…a most estimable lady in every respect.  She was buried at Harmony Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Her death leaves disconsolate her husband and children who have the deepest sympathy of a large circle of friends.

100_1333The following is a poem by American editor and poet James Aldrich (1810-1856).  The apropos title is A Death-Bed, and the last two lines were added as part of the epitaph on the tombstone for Mrs. Clarra G. Williams.

A Death-Bed

Her suffering ended with the day,
Yet lived she at its close,
And breathed the long, long night away,
In statue-like repose.

But when the sun in all his state
Illumed the eastern skies,
She passed through Glory's morning gate
And walked in Paradise.

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