Saturday, September 6, 2008

101 Ways, Part 21: Perished in a Storm

For a brief intro to the "101 Ways to Say 'Died'" series, click here.

This Ipswich, MA epitaph attests to the dangers of maritime life:

Sacred to the memory of
gest son of MR. JOSEPH & MRS
MARY MELCHER of Brunswick
who perished in a storm
Nov. 7th 1802 on Ipswich Bar
In the 21st year of his age. 
Amidst the raging billows drove,
My life to save in vain I strove;
And soon my strength began to flee,
I perish'd in the Cruel sea.
My weeping friends, your silence keep,
When to my Grave you come to weep;
Prepare to follow me you must
And mingle with your native dust.

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