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MEMORIAL EPITAPHS

The clearest and easiest way to personalize a monument is to carve an epitaph that tells something about a
person's life.

There are many different kinds of epitaphs. It would be difficult to place them in categories but over the
years the epitaphs that have been written could be included in one or more of the following types:
Religious, including quotes from the Scriptures, secular literature and prayers either from scripture of other
sources.  Inspirational, Faith in immortality, Patriotic, Salutatory, Consolation, Historical, Love, Sorrow

EPITAPHS AND THEIR IMPORTANCE

The term "epitaph" means the inscription upon a monument of a selected verse or quotation which
expresses in language of graceful and meaningful phrase some thought or sentiment significantly applicable
to the individual or family for whom the monument is erected.

The too prevalent practice of omitting epitaphs and using only names and dates robs that monument of
much of its individuality and leaves it barren of the sentiment it is intended to express and to perpetuate.

Let us take a lesson from our forefathers. To this day, early churchyard "stones" hold a fascination for most
people because they are imbued with human sentiment and emotion.

The Colonial headstone moves and inspires us because it tells a story or else it inspires us with some
beautiful tribute to the commemorated or an appealing expression of faith, hope and love. It is a symbol of
sentiment which has carried a message to posterity.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington would be just another impressive public monument were it
not for the superb inscription which grips the hearts of millions who visit the monument: "Here Rests in
Honored Glory an American Soldier Known but to God." True, the Tomb is a national shrine; but so
likewise the resting place of those we loved and lost should be a shrine inscribed with a line or two of
tribute, inspiration or prayer.

Epitaphs may be a brief quotation from scripture; a line or two from a poet or philosopher; a quotation
from some letter of conscience or from the funeral eulogy - but whatever the source, such an inscription is
a permanent document of sentiment, and the expression of sentiment is the essence of commemoration.
When you call our office- ask for our newest catalog which has a page of suggested epitaphs or sayings.

LETTERING

Beautiful lettering, well-designed and executed, can add a dimension of great beauty and distinction to
contemporary memorials. Custom-designed lettering is an art form that is in the midst of a renaissance.
Computerized drafting and computerized stencil cutting have provided the memorialist with an almost
limitless supply of lettering capabilities.

Lettering should be an integral part of the overall design of the memorial and should be relevant to the style
and feeling of the design.
Epitaph Examples and Ideas
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

51. "DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY."

52. "I AM NOT THERE, I DID NOT DIE."

53. "I LIVE WITH THE RISEN LORD."

54. "JUST REMEMBER, IN THE WINTER, FAR BENEATH
THE BITTER SNOWS, LIES THE SEED THAT, WITH THE
SUN’S LOVE, IN THE SPRING BECOMES THE ROSE."

55. "TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON, AND A TIME
FOR EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN."

56. "SOME PEOPLE CAN TAKE AN ORDINARY DAY."

57. "AND SWIRL A RIBBON OF HAPPINESS AROUND IT,
MAKING A GIFT FOR ALL WHO PASS THEIR WAY."

58. "OH, FOR A TOUCH OH THY HAND, OR A SOUND
FROM THY STILLED LIPS."

59. "GO PLACIDLY AMID THE NOISE AND HASTE, AND
REMEMBER WHAT PEACE THERE MAY BE IN SILENCE."

60. "TWO TIRED EYES ARE SLEEPING, TWO WILLING
HANDS ARE STILL."

61. "THE ONE WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR US, IS
RESTING AT GOD'S WILL."

62. "WHAT WE KEEP IN MEMORY IS OURS FOREVER."

63. "WHAT WE KEEP IN MEMORY IS OURS UNCHANGED
FOREVER."

64. "LIFE IS NOT FOREVER, LOVE IS."

65. "FEW HEARTS LIKE HIM, WITH VIRTUE WARM'D,
FEW HEARTS WITH KNOWLEDGE SO INFORM’D."

66. "IF THERE'S ANOTHER WORLD, HE LIVES IN BLISS;
IF THERE IS NONE, HE MADE THE BEST OF THIS."

        -Robert Burns Epitaph on a friend-

67. "ACROSS THE YEARS I WILL WALK WITH YOU——
IN DEEP, GREEN FOREST; ON SHORES OF SAND: AND
WHEN OUR TIME ON EARTH IS THROUGH, IN HEAVEN,
TOO, YOU WILL HAVE MY HAND."

68. "WONDERFUL WAS YOUR LOVE FOR US."

69. "MEN CHRIST SHALL COME, AND TAKE ME HOME,
WHAT JOY SHALL FILL MY HEART."

70. "WHEN CHRIST CAME, AND TOOK ME HOME, WHAT
JOY FILLED MY HEART."

71. "THEY LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS, THOSE
WHO GAVE OUR LIVES BEAUTY AND MEANING,
DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT,
OLD AGE SHOULD BURN AND RAVE AT CLOSE OF DAY;
RAGE, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT

72. "WERE A STAR QUENCHED ON HIGH, FOR AGES
WOULD ITS LIGHT STILL TRAVELING DOWNWARD
FROM THE SKY, SHINE ON OUR MORTAL SIGHT, SO
WHEN A GREAT MAN DIES, FOR YEARS BEYOND OUR
KEN, THE LIGHT HE LEAVES BEHIND HIM LIES UPON
THE PATHS OF MEN."

73. "WONDERFUL WAS YOUR LOVE FOR US WHEN
CHRIST SHALL COME, AND TAKE ME HOME, WHAT JOY
SHALL FILL MY HEART."

74. "WHEN CHRIST CAME, AND TOOK ME HOME,
WHAT JOY FILLED MY HEART."

75. "YOU WILL KEEP HER (HIM) IN PERFECT PEACE."
Tender Tributes:

50 WAYS TO DESCRIBE A LOVED ONE

1. "He never met a stranger."

2. "She lived to help others."

3. "He was a friend to all."

4. "Her smile will always be with us."

5. "She will never be forgotten."

6. "A loving husband and father."

7. "He always went the extra mile."

8. "A woman of grace and dignity."

9. "A man of talent and courage."

10. "She gave of herself."

11. "He enriched our lives."

12. "She always brightened our days."

13. "A caring, sharing person."

14. "She made everybody feel like somebody."

15. "He changed our lives for the better."

16. "The anchor of our family."

17. "He knew where he was going."

18. "She lived an extraordinary life."

19. "An unforgettable, person."

20. "A man of vision."

21. "Because she cared"

22. "Kindness was his trademark."

23. "Happiness was her gift to all."

24. "He gave us beautiful memories."

25. "A treasure on earth."

26. "He did it his way."

27. "She made beautiful music."

28. "A life of honor."

29. "Always a lady."

30. "Always in my heart."

32. "He made history."

33. "She wore a yellow ribbon."

34. "Faithful Forever."

35. "Nobody's perfect."

36. "We'll be together again."

37. "Man of the years."

38. "She had a magic touch."

39. "Mighty like an angel."

40. "A Friend in Deed."

41. "A special kind of love."

42. "My Lifetime Companion."

43. "Faith, Hope and Courage."

44. "One of a Kind."

45. "The man with a plan."

46. "She led the way."

47. "Everybody's Friend."

48. "He inspired us all."

49. "In a league of his own."

50. "He never gave up."
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

76. He (She) did his (her) best, kept the Faith,
tried to help, and loved a lot.   

77. LIVES OF GREAT MEN ALL REMIND US
WE CAN MAKE OUR LIVES SUBLIME, AND,
DEPARTING, LEAVE BEHIND US FOOTPRINTS
ON THE SANDS OF TIME.

    -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-

78. Lord, watch between me and thee.

79. When we are absent one from another.

80. God gave us memories so that we might
have roses in December

81. THE MUSIC IS QUIET.

82. THE SUN HAS SET.

83. YOUR SMILE IS A MEMORY,

84. WE WILL NEVER FORGET

85. "...Love One Another As I have loved You..."
                            -John 13:34-

86. BRAVE IN SPIRIT. STRONG IN LOVE

87. TOGETHER IN PEACE

88. "An Irish Blessing"

89. May the road rise to meet you.

90. May the wind, be always at your back.

91. May the sun shine warm upon your face.

92. The rains fall soft upon your fields

93. And, until we meet again...

94. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

95. It's the hardest fact one can't ignore,

96. it's the kindest heart that beats no more

97. DEATH CAN NEVER SEPARATE

98. THOSE WHO ARE BONDED TOGETHER

99. BY THE TIES OF PURE LOVE

100. AS I CROSS ON LIFE'S TUMULTUOUS
SEAS
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

101. SAILING FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN'S
BRIGHT SHORE

102. CHRIST IS LIFE A MIGHTY LIGHTHOUSE

103. HELPING ME TO NAVIGATE MY COURSE.

104. May God be with you and comfort you

105. In God's care

106. The Lord is my Shepherd

107. May heaven's eternal joy be thine

108. Love is eternal

109. Where there is great love there are always
miracles

110. May she (he) rest in peace with God

111. Not my will but thine be done

112. Blessed sleep to which we all return

113. Sweet in her ways, observant in her mitzvas

114. Let her own works praise her at the gates

115. Generous of heart, constant of faith

116. Out of sorrow God speaks to us best

117. In the Cross of Christ I glory

118. I know that my Redeemer lives, therefore I too
shall live

119. He gives His beloved sleep

120. God gives us love... Something to love He
lends us

121. Our love goes with you and our souls wait to
join you

122. In His will is our peace

123. Unto them that love God, all things work for
good

124. And I will give you rest

125. Trust in God

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

226. And so when little ones depart,
We who are left behind,
Must realize how much God
Loves little children –
For angels are hard to find.

227. In Great Deeds Something Abides.
On Great Fields Something Stays.
Forms Change and Pass: Bodies Disappear:
But Spirits Linger To Consecrate Ground
For The Vision Place Of Souls.

                      -Joshua Chamberlain-

228. Although Your Time With Us Was Brief.
You Have Had An Everlasting Touch Upon Our Lives.
You Are Within Our Hearts Forever.

229. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I
do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the
diamond glints on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened
grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in
the morning's hush, 1 am the swift uplifting rush of quiet
birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not
die.

230. A teardrop on my cheek,
is all it seems to be. A teardrop on my cheek,
shed for you and me. A teardrop lost and lonely,
lonely as I am for you. A teardrop slowly falling,
falling as I fell for you. A teardrop being wiped away,
as easily as I was from you.

   WHEN I SAIL AWAY

231. Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my mooring and sail away,
With no response to the friendly hail
Of kindred craft in the busy bay
in the silent hush of the twilight pale
When the night stoops down to embrace the day
and the voices call o'er the waters flow —
Sometime at evening when the tide is low
I shall slip my moorings and sail away

232. Through the purple shadows that darkly trail
O'er the ebbing tide of the unknown sea
I shall fade me away, with a dip of sail
And ripple of waters to tell the tale
Of a lonely voyager sailing away
To Mystic Isles where at anchor lay
The crafts of those who have sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Unknown Shore

233. A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy bay,
Some friendly barks that were anchored near
Some loving hearts that my soul held dear
In silent sorrow shall drop a tear
But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In moorings sheltered from storm or gale
And greeted friends who have sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Well Known Shore.
Lizzie Clark Hardy.

234. INTO PARADISE THE ANGELS LEAD YOU
LIVE WELL - LAUGH OFTEN - LOVE MUCH

235. GOODNESS IS ITS OWN REWARD

236. "GROW OLD ALONG WITH ME, THE BEST IS YETTO
BE.  (Browning)

237. A HEART WHOSE LOVE IS INNOCENT

238. I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH

239. TO TOUCH THE FACE OF GOD

240. High Flight

              -John Gillespie Magee, Jr-

241. WHEREVER A BEAUTIFUL SOUL HAS BEEN
THERE IS A TRAlL OF BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES

242. A LADY OF GREAT CHARACTER WHOSE
JUDGEMENT, HUMOR, AND FRIENDLY SPIRIT BROUGHT
OUT THE FINEST IN THOSE AROUND HER.  THE
INFLUENCE OF HER LIFE UPON OTHERS IS A FLAME
THAT WILL EVER BURN BRIGHTLY.

243. ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS

244. FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

245. YOUR LOVE WILL FOREVER BE IN OUR HEARTS

246. A LITTLE CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM

247. UNTLL WE MEET AGAIN

248. OUR LOVE IS ETERNAL

249. FOR YESTERDAY IS BUT A MEMORY AND
TOMORROW IS ONLY A VISION.

250. BUT TODAY WELL LIVED MAKES EVERY
YESTERDAY A MEMORY OF HAPPINESS.
PG 15
Epitaphs
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

176. But O for the touch of a vanished hand

177.Those we love remain with us For love
itself lives on

178.  As the bird free of its cage seeks the
heights

179. So the Christian soul in death flies home
to God

180. The saddened hearts were healed

181. In knowing the pain of life is over

182. And the beauty of the soul revealed

183. I have fought the good fight

184. I have finished my course

185. I have kept the faith

186. Rest, O weary traveler For with the dawn
comes great joy

187. I am not afraid of tomorrow

188. For I have seen yesterday

189. And I love today

190. If our love could have saved him (her) He
(She) would not have died

191. Step softly, a dream lies buried here

192. God grant us the serenity to accept the
things we cannot change The courage to
change the things we can And the wisdom to
know the difference

193. Great love lives on

194. His courage, his smile, his grace

195. Gladdened the hearts of those

196. Who have the privilege of loving him

197. It's hard to look back on any gain in life

198. That does not have a loss attached to it

199. He (She) touched the lives of many

200. While we have time, let us do good

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

126. May the peace of the Lord be with you

127. For to this end Christ died

128. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills

129. All things change, but God remains

130. God is our refuge and our strength

131. All things to the glory of God

132. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

133. Whither thou goest I will go

134. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot
heal

135. What we keep in memory is ours forever

136. A man must stand erect, not be kept erect
by others

137. Always In our hearts

138. Gone from home but not from our hearts

139. We lived together in happiness, we rest
together In peace

140. A beloved Mother (Father) (Son)
(Daughter)

141. Love lives on

142. She (He) touched everyone with special
love and kindness

143. We miss you

144. A free spirit

145. Our little angel

146. An Inspiration to all

147. We love you always

148. With all my love

149. There was grace in her steps, love in
every gesture

150. Forever young, forever in our hearts
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

151. Life is not forever. Love is.

152. May she (he) be remembered as she (he)
remembered others

153. A life full of years of understanding

154. Of tender heart and generous spirit

155. Peace is thine and sweet remembrance is ours

156. A woman of virtue, kindness and modesty

157. Your patient courage is a beloved memory

kindness

159. Precious are the memories of (name)

160. How beautiful life was to me

161. Her works were kindness, her deeds were love

162. A tender mother (father), a faithful friend

163. A friend to many and sadly missed

164. Our love is love forever

165. Wonderful was your love for us

166. Love never ends

167. They gave their today for our tomorrow

168. Loving memories last forever

169. He (She) loved and was loved

170. Too well loved to ever be forgotten

171. Love makes memory eternal

172. To live in the hearts of others is not to die

173. Gone fishin'

174. A gentle man (woman)

175. She (He) loved everyone
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

201. And the sound of a voice that is still
                      -Tennyson-

202. For they conquer who believe they can
                      -Virgil-

203. They who forgive most, shall be most forgiven
                      -Bailey  -

204. The unity that binds us all together

205. That makes this earth a family

206. And all men brothers and the

207. Sons of God Is love
                      -Wolfe-

208. I am going the way of the earth
                      -Joshua 23:14-

209. Yea though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death

210. I will fear no evil for thou art with me

211. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

212. Psalms 23:4

213. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be
comforted
                      -Matthew 5:4-

214. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain
mercy
                      -Matthew 5:7-

215. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall
see God
                      -Matthew 5:8-

216. But many that are first shall be last And the
last shall be first
                      -Matthew 19:30-

217. A man, genuine at heart,

218. A true friend to all,

219. Defined by the love he gave to his wife and
(number) sons

220. THE MEASURE OP A GREAT HEART IS NOT
HOW MUCH YOU LOVE, BUT HOW MUCH. YOU
ARE LOVED BY OTHERS,

221. GOD SAW YOU GETTING TIRED, AND A
CURE WAS NOT TO BE.

222. SO HE PUT HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND YOU
AND WHISPERED COME TO ME.

223. A GOLDEN HEART STOP BEATING, HARD
WORKING HANDS AT REST

224. GOD BROKE OUR HEARTS TO PROVE TO
US HE TAKES THE BEST.

225. "Mourn not my death, but celebrate my life.
May the loving memories of the past live with us in
spirit."
                           -Author unknown-
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

251. LOVE IS LOVE FOREVER MORE

252. These lines, from the Bible's "Song of Songs"
and from "High Flight," by John Gillespie McGee,
Jr., a young (19) RCAF pilot killed over England
during the Battle of Britain.

253. For now the winter is past,

254. The rains are over and gone;

255. The flowers appear in the countryside;

256. The time is coming when the birds will sing,

257. And the turtle-dove's cooing will be heard in
our land;
When the green figs will ripen on the fig trees
And the Vines give forth their fragrance.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and
swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, Up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sancity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

258. "...HE HAS GONE...

259. AMONG THE RADIANT, EVER VENTURING
ON,

260. SOMEWHERE, WITH MORNING, AS SUCH
SPIRITS WILL."

261. (from the John Masefield's "On the Finish of
the Sailing Ship Race")

262. " NOW CRACKS A NOBLE HEART. GOOD
NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE, FLIGHTS OF ANGELS
SING THEE TO THY REST! Shakespeare (Hamlet)

263. "WE ARE SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS ARE
MADE ON; AND OUR LITTLE LIFE IS ROUNDED
WITH A SLEEP"

                       -Shakespeare-

264. THEY ARE NOT LONG
THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES.
OUT OF A MISTY DREAM
OUR PATH EMERGES FOR A WILE
THEN CLOSES WITHIN A DREAM.

265. THESE BE THREE SILENT THINGS:

266. THE FALLING SNOW, THE HOUR BEFORE
DAWN, AND LOVE.         

267. AND FLIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO
THY REST!

                       -Shakespeare-

268. TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND
IS NOT TO DIE

                       -Thomas Campbell-

269. THE SPIRIT SHALL RETURN UNTO GOD
WHO GAVE IT

                       -Ecclesiastes XII:-

270. WERE ASSURED OF YOUR LOVE EVEN
THOUGH WERE APART BECAUSE SO MUCH OF
YOUR LOVE IS WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS.

271. SET US FREE, IN THE LOVE THAT MAKES
US ONE  

272. «... AND WE ARE PUT ON EARTH A LITTLE
SPACE THAT WE MIGHT LEARN TO BEAR THE
BEAMS OF LOVE."

                       -William Blake-

273. THE LOVE WE HOLD BACK IS THE PAIN WE
LEAVE BEHIND

274. LIFE HAS NOT ENDED, ONLY CHANGED,
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

275. OUR LOVE HAS NOT ENDED IN DEATH, BUT
HAS BLOSSOMED INTO HEAVEN.
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

301. "SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE
TUMBLING MIRTH”

302. SHOW ME THE TRAILS THAT LIE AHEAD,
WHERE FEW MEN'S FEET HAVE TROD.
WITH SNOW CAPPED PEAKS AND ICY CREEKS,
AND FAITH IN THE WAYS' OF GOD.

303. I TOO, WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.

304. NEVER FAR FROM OUR THOUGHTS,
ALWAYS CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS.

305. "IN ONE OF THE STARS I SHALL BE LIVING..."

                       STANZAS

306. I HEARD THY FATS WITHOUT A TEAR,
THY LOSS WITH SCARCE A SIGH;
AND YET THOU WERT SURPASSING DEAR –
TOO LOVED OF ALL TO DIE.   


307. I KNOW NOT WHAT HATH SEAR'D MINE EYE:
THE TEARS REFUSE TO START;
BUT EVERY DROP ITS LIDS DENY
FALLS DREARY ON MY HEART.

308. YES - DEEP AND HEAVY, ON BY ONE,
THEY SINK AND TURN TO CARE;
AS CAVERN'D WATERS WEAR THE STONE,
YET, DROPPING, HARDEN THERE.
THEY CANNOT PETRIFY MORE FAST
THAN FEELINGS SUNK REMAIN,
WHICH, COLDLY FIX'D, REGARD THE PAST,
BUT NEVER MELT AGAIN.  

                                       -Byron-

309. HAPPY THE MAN, AND HAPPY HE ALONE,
HE, WHO CAN CALL TODAY HIS OWN;
HE WHO, SECURE WITHIN, CAN SAY,
TOMORROW DO THY WORST, FOR I HAVE LIVED
TODAY.

                                  -Horace-
                                  -Quintus Horatius Flaccus-
                                  -Roman Poet 23B.C.-

310. God’s gift of love,
and of life,
God's gift of love,
became my wife.
God's gift of love,  
shown like no other,
God's gift of love,
became their mother.
God's gift of love,
I have known,
God's gift of love,
will guide me home.

For the musician:  

311. THIS WORLD IS NOT CONCLUSION
A SEQUEL STANDS BEYOND
INVISIBLE AS MUSIC
BUT POSITIVE AS SOUND

For the memorial that accentuates the cross:

312. BENEATH THE SHADOW OF THY CROSS WE
SHALL REST

313. GOD'S BLESSING
THE BEAUTY OF NATURE
THE WARM LOVE OF FAMILY,
THE HAPPINESS SHARED WITH GOOD FRIENDS.

314. THINK OF HIM AS LIVING IN THE HEARTS OF
THOSE HE TOUCHED.  FOR NOTHING LOVED IS EVER
LOST AND HE WAS LOVED SO MUCH.
Other Quotes and Epitaphs:

RANDOM EPITAPHS AND QUOTES

276. ...GENEROUS OF HEART, CONSTANT OF FAITH...

277. I WILL BE IN THE WIND THAT MOVES BY YOU.

                              -Emerson-

278. HERE LIES AS MUCH OF BEAUTY THAT COULD DIE

                              -Ben Johnson-

279. IN OUR HEARTS MOST SACRED PLACE THOU
ALONE SHALL DWELL FOREVER

280. YOU SHALL DWELL FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

281. MOST SACRED PLACE

282. HOME IS THE SAILOR, HOME FROM THE SEA

283. THIS WORLD IS NOT CONCLUSION;
A SEQUEL STANDS BEYOND, INVISIBLE, AS MUSIC,
BUT POSITIVE, AS SOUND.

284. I WILL BE IN THE WIND
THAT MOVES BY YOU.   
                                      -Emerson-

285. "THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS AND THE
DARKNESS HAS NOT OVERCOME IT (John 1:5)

286. LOVE NEVER ENDS (Cor. 13:8)

287. AND A LIFE LIKE
THEIRS LEAVES A RECORD SWEET FOR MEMORY TO
DWELL UPON.  THERE IS REALLY NOTHING LEFT TO
SAY"

288. HARK NOW HEAR THE SAILORS CRY
SMELL THE SEA AND FEEL THE SKY
LET YOUR SOUL AND SPIRIT FLY
INTO THE MYSTIC

289. MAY YOUR TROUBLES BE WRITTEN ON THE
SEASHORE WHERE THE WAVES WILL WASH THEM
AWAY

              HIGH FLIGHT

290. 0, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH
AND DANCED THE SKIES ON LAUGHTER-SILVERED
WINGS.
SUNWARD I'VE CLIMBED AND JOINED THE TUMBLING
MIRI
OF SUN-SPLIT CLOUDS——AND DONE A HUNDRED
THINGS
YOU HAVE NOT DREAMED OF——WHEELED AND
SOARED AND
SWUNG HIGH IN THE SUNLIT SILENCE.
HOV'RING- THERE, I'VE CHASED THE SHOUTING WIND
ALONG AND FLUNG MY EAGER CRAFT THROUGH
FOOTLESS
HALLS OF AIR.
UP, UP THE LONG, DELIRIOUS, BURNING BLUE I'VE
TOPPED THE WIND-SWEPT HEIGHTS WITH EASY GRACE
WHERE NEVER LARK, OR EVEN EAGLE FLEW.
AND, WHILE WITH SILENT LIFTING MIND I'VE TROD
THE HIGH UNNTRESPASSED SANCTITY OF SPACE, PUT
OUT
MY HAND AND TOUCHED THE FACE OF GOD.   

              -John Gillespie Magee, Jr.-

291. GOD LOOKED AROUND HIS GARDEN
AND FOUND AN EMPTY PLACE.
HE THEN LOOKED DOWN UPON THE EARTH,
AND SAW YOUR TIRED FACE.
HE PUT HIS ARMS AROUND YOU
AND LIFTED YOU TO REST.
GOD'S GARDEN MUST BE BEAUTIFUL
HE ALWAYS TAKES THE BEST.
HE KNEW THAT YOU WERE SUFFERING
HE KNEW YOU WERE IN PAIN
HE KNEW THAT YOU WOULD NEVER
GET WELL ON EARTH AGAIN.
HE SAW THE ROAD WAS GETTING ROUGH,
AND THE HILLS WERE HARD TO CLIMB
SO HE CLOSED YOU WEARY EYELIDS,
AND WHISPERED "PEACE BE THINE."
IT BROKE OUR HEARTS TO LOSE YOU
BUT YOU DIDN'T GO ALONE
FOR PART OF US WENT WITH YOU
THE DAY GOD CALLED YOU HOME.
LOVE AND MISSED ALWAYS

293. AND I SAW HEAVEN OPENED,
AND BEHOLD A GOLDEN HORSE;
AND HE THAT SAT UPON HIM
WAS CALLED FAITHFUL AND TRUE

294. LOVE'S SEASON IS BRIEF
ONLY A LIFETIME NEVER ENOUGH

295. When we,
Decades hence, are gone,
And all we treasure
Dissipated with our prejudice,
And son and daughter
Come to take the measure
Of our century,
Let them say this:
"They strove for honor;
They hoped for grace;
Their struggles are written
In this rich place."

                               -Robert S. Foote-

296. Limitless, undying love which shines around me like a
million suns, it calls me on and on... across the universe.

297. In the end.  The love you take is equal to the love you
gave.   

298. Never seek to tell thy love that never told can "be for
the gentle wind ever moves silently, invisibly...   

299. MOT PARTED... ONLY JUST APART;
IN MEMORY, KEPT CLOSE IN HEART.

300. A SMILE IN HER (HIS) EYES.
A SMILE ON HER (HIS) LIPS;
AND ALWAYS A KIND WORD TOO.
SO SHORT A LIFE FOR ONE WHO GAVE
SO MUCH TO ALL SHE KNEW.