Monday, May 18, 2009

Acrostic Epitaph

Another remarkable John Stevens I epitaph is this acrostic dedicated to Sarah Mitchell (1713).

Shall we lement for you our frind
And mother in Israel
Reciue her Lord into thy hand,
And then it will be well.
Honour her memory I will.

Make her to be at thy right hand.
In tryumph and true command
To the[e] o Lord her we resigne
Christ and she for to Combine
Her o Christ to you we giue
Euermore with you to liue
Lord do thou let her possess
Life and everlasting blessedness.
Sarah Mitchell, Newport, RI, 1713
carved by John Stevens I

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