This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
USUAL recent wording of Tomb-Stone Inscriptions is shown in the following. In comparison, it will be seen that the modern inscription is generally much more brief than that of the olden time. Formerly it was customary to chisel in rude letters epitomized biographical histories of the deceased on the tomb-stones that marked their last resting place. Among such are many quaint, curious and foolish inscriptions that, so far as perpetuating the memories of the deceased was concerned, had better never have been engraved on the headstones.
The lesson taught in these examples is, that the more concise the inscription, the more favorably coming generations will judge of the handful of dust that lies beneath the leaning tombstone. The most approved modern forms, accompanied by epitaphs, are shown herewith, together with the correct grammatical wording and punctuation of the same. The following appropriately accompany the inscription.
She faltered by the wayside, and the Angels took her home.
The Angels called Him.
Beneath this stone, in soft repose, Is laid a mother's dearest pride;
A flower that scarce had waked to life And light and beauty, ere it died.
ACED 41 Years. Oct. 4, 1872.
"I Fear not Death."
'"Tis a little grave, but O, have care, For world-wide hopes are buried there, How much of light, how much of joy, Is buried with a darling boy."
Born at Keene, N. H., Jan. 8, 1805.
Born into Spirit Life Sept. 6th, 1865.
NOT DEAD, BUT GONE BEFORE.
December 1, 1872. Aged 36 Years.
December 25th, 1870. AGED 4 Y'S, 3 M'S $ 4 D'S.
to the Memory of
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
August 10, 1871. Aged 50 Years.
** I go to prepare a place for thee."
Sept. 21st, 1841.
Nov. 21st, 1872.
He Died as He Lived - a Christian.
August 15, 1869. AGED 61 Years.
A Member of the U. S. Congress for 20 Tears, he died as he lived, a pure and upright man.
Dec. 28th, 1873. Aged 92 Y's, 8 NTs.
"Farewell to thee, my bouse of clay !
Long have we two been bound together, But I forsake thy porch to-day,
And yield thee up to wind and weather. Sleep, sleep at last! thy sleep shall be My rest, my strength, my victory '."
Died October 5, 1869. AGED 61 Years.
BORN INTO SUMMER LAND
Sept. 1st, 1872. Aged 19 Y's, 3 M's.
DARLING SISTER ;
ENTERED SPIRIT LIFE
September 9,1872. Aged 38 Y's, 6 M's.
"O land beyond the setting sun !
O realm more fair than poet's dream ! How clear thy silvery streamlets run,
How 6right thy golden glories gleam ! For well we know that fair and bright,
Far beyond human ken or dream, Too glorious for our feeble sight.
Thy skies of cloudless azure beam."
The angels called him on a sunny day, August 15th, 1872.
AGED 5 Y'S, 6 M'S, 4 D'S.
" We shall all go home to our Father's bouse.
To our Father's house in the skies. Where the hope of our souls shall have no blight,
And our love no broken ties: We shall roam on the banks of the River of Peace.
And bathe in its blissful tide: And one of the joys of our heaven shall be,
The little boy that died."