Josiah Cotton Esqr
his pious and Virtuous
who died Januy 17th 1808
aged 50 years.
In belief of Christianity I lived,
In hope of a glorious Resurrection I died.
So did the tombstone live and die in belief of Christianity or the wife, or was it Josiah. At some point the I changed meaning.
I hadn't read it that way, but now that you mention it, I can't stop imagining the gravestone waddling into church, singing hymns, etc.
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