Saturday, September 20, 2008

101 Ways, Part 35: Her Longing Spirit Sprung . . .

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

Ok, this one is a little long. I felt like I needed to diagram this sentence in order to find the verb for the title. Despite the syntax, I think it is more sincere than the Anna Palmer epitaph:

to the Memory of
the mournfull but resign'd relict of 
sleeps in dust beside her
to Religion she was an ornament to
the neglect of it a Reproof.
After a long confinement by a languishing
disease which yet could never draw her to
a discontented moan nor quench the ardor
of incessant prayer,
Her SAVIOUR whisper'd rise and come away
and at the welcome sound her longing spirit
sprung with joyfull assurance from the eager
arms of lov'd and loving friends to the 
far more lov'd and loving arms of her LORD
On the 17th of May 1790
AEt 80.

Mercy Tappan, Newburyport, MA, 1790

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