Monday, October 19, 2009

First Person Gravestone

No, I don't mean that the epitaph speaks in the voice of the deceased. In this case, the gravestone itself speaks in the first person:

Rachel Cotton
d. 1808
Plymouth, MA

am erected
Josiah Cotton Esqr
in remembrance
of Rachel
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.


Anonymous said...

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.

Caitlin GD Hopkins said...

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.