Thursday, August 24, 2006
A yew in the graveyard of Trinity.
Dear Son #1 objecting to *more* pictures and me, enjoying the cool stone in the graveyard.
I was captivated by the carvings on the headstones. The expressions on the angels are priceless.
A skull with wings? An angel with a skull head? I don't know, but I'm going to make a carved stamp out of this image for my Day of the Dead/Samhain/Halloween card this year!
Almost the same angel, but slightly different face.
The font on this one is lovely, too bad the stone was coming apart, guess nothing is forever...
A Sun angel, or at least that's how I interpreted it..
There was a group of preschoolers running around in the graveyard, they were drawing with chalk on the pathways and generally having fun. At first I was a bit shocked that they were allowed to do this, but then I thought, maybe the dead buried here are happy to hear the sounds of children. They weren't climbing on the headstones or anything. Also, parks are kinda far apart in the city, kids need green spaces.
This angel and the symbols around it first caught my notice and then I read the entire inscription which is so wonderful, I'll type it out here:
Here lies the Body of Mr. WILLIAM BRADFORD
Printer, who departed this life May 23,
1759, Aged 92 Years. He was born in
Leicefherfhire, in Old England, in 1660
and came over to America in 1682 before
the City of Philadelphia was laid out. He
was Printer to this Government for upwards
of 50 Years, and being quite worn out
with Old age and labour, he left this
mortal State in the lively Hopes of a
Reader, reflect how foon you'll quit this Stage,
You'll find but few atain to fuch an Age,
Life's full of Pain, Lo, here's a Place of Reft,
Prepare to meet your GOD, then you are bleft.
(some f's are presumably s's)
Love the carven draperies, and the word SACRED.
What do you think of this symbol? Masonic related perhaps?? Isn't this marble beautifully aged?