Saturday, November 17, 2018

The way is short

Below is an almost unreadable epitaph on a tombstone at the Isabell (Isbell) Chapel Cemetery at Sand Hill, Rusk County, Texas. The name on the tombstone is no longer visible.

The way is short, my friend,
That reaches out before us,
God’s tender heavens above us bend,
His love is smiling o’er us.
A little while is ours,
For sorrow or for laughter;
I’ll lay the hand you love in yours,
On the shore of the hereafter.

When I searched online to see if I had deciphered the reading correctly, I found it was part of a poem written by Mary Clemmer. The first four lines are on the stone at Isabell Chapel, and I found the four lines that come after.

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