Sunday, July 18, 2010

No more may fear to die

C.C. Janes (d. 1870), most likely the son of A.A. and Caroline, is buried in new Cheshire Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio.


C. C. JANES
DIED
May 12. 1870
AGED
30 Yrs 6 Mo.
& 12 Ds.


The epitaph reads, 

Dust, to its narrow home beneath.
Soul, to its rest on high.
They that have seen thy look in death
No more may fear to die.

Curious about the source of the epitaph, I turned once again to Google. C.C.’s epitaph is the second verse of the poem “Calm on the Bosom of our God” by early 19th-century poet Felicia Dorothea Hemans (b. 1793, d. 1835):

Calm on the bosom of our God,
Fair spirit, rest thee now!
E’en while with us thy footsteps trod,
His seal was on thy brow.

Dust to its narrow house beneath!
Soul to its place on high!
They that have seen thy look in death
No more may fear to die.

There is no gravestone photo (darnit!), but Felicia’s Find A Grave memorial does have a drawn likeness of the poet and a short biography.



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