TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Two interesting ways of thinking about death

Epitaph on an old woman who kept a pottery-shop in Chester, England:

Beneath these stones lie old Kathering Gray,

Changed from a busy life to lifeless clay;

By earth and clay she got her pelf,

But now is turned to earth herself.

Ye weeping friends, let me advise,

Abate your grief and dry your eyes,

For what avails a flood of tears?

Who knows but in a run of years,

In some tall pitcher or bread pan,

She in her shop may be again?


On a tombstone in New Jersey:

Reader, pass on!—don’t waste your time

On bad biography and bitter rhyme:

For what I am, this crumbling clay insures,

And what I was, is no affair of yours!

Here rests an old woman who was always was tired,

For she lived in a house where no help was hired;

Her very last words were, “My friends I am goin;

To a land where there’s nothin’ of washin’ or sewin’,

And everything there shall be just to my wishes,

For where they don’t eat there’s no washin’ of dishes;

The land with sweet anthems is constantly ringin’,

But having no voice I’ll ge clear of the singin’.”

She folded her hands, her latest endeavor,

And whispered, “Oh nothin’, sweet nothin forever.”

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. Verda Noble

    That’s Sure Is A Very Old Cemetery,,

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