Tuesday, September 9, 2008

101 Ways, Part 24: Liv'd About 2 Hours

For a brief intro to the "101 Ways to Say 'Died'" series, click here.
I usually don't go in for the whole "graveyards are spooky" thing, but there is something haunting about the Sikes family stones. Not haunted, haunting. Those staring, floating faces are arresting in their simple beauty, especially when arrayed in groups, as on the Pierce family stone (above, c. 1782).

Today's synonym for "died" comes from another notable stone dedicated to infants. The two unnamed boys are buried in Brooklyn, CT.

In Memory of 2
Infants, sons of Mr.
Daniel & Mrs. Lydia
C------ they was born
March 17th 1791 one
liv'd about 2 hours
the other about 24
Sleep on my babes
and take your rest,
God call'd you home
he saw it best.

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