|Samuel Bird, 1825, East Bridgewater, MA|
Son of William &
died May 13, 1825,
AEt. 15 Mos.
Closed is the eye of youthful mirth,
A parents fondest hopes are fled;
Scarce done rejoicing at his birth,
Ere we must place him with the dead.
This epitaph caught my eye because it is so concerned with the parents' worldly grief. There is no talk of resurrection or comforting hope of heaven — just loss.