Saturday, June 20, 2009

101 Ways, Part 90: "Rested from His Labors"

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

There have been a few other entries that start with "rested" — "rested from ye pains and sorrows of this life" (#48) and "rested from the hurry of life" (#74) — but this one is different enough to count. It's worth noting that the Park workshop carver used the Americanized spelling of "labors." Photo via the Farber Collection. Color photo available at A Very Grave Matter.
Nathan Holt, Peabody, MA, 1792
In memory of the
pastor of the 2d. church in
Danvers, who rested from his
labors Augt. 2d. 1792
in the 68th year of his age &
34th of his ministry.
Piety, benevolence, integrity, & pru-
dence were prominent features in
his character as a man, & a minister.
He lived beloved, & died lamented.
Mark the perfect man and behold the
upright for the end of that man is peace.

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