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Headstone Inscription


Headstone Inscription: Follow Me
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2006 and Revised 26 Jul 2006

We found the following in Myrna Vanderpool Gormley's "RootsWeb Review: RootsWeb's Weekly E-zine 26 July 2006, Vol. 9, No. 30, 7. Humor/Humour: Tales from the Grave"

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    NEED DIRECTIONS Thanks to: Frank Grigg in Cornwall, England

    I found this small item in a newspaper when researching for material for a local history book called "Tregoney Happenings," which I recently published. [Editor's note: See Book Notes, Section 1a.]

    Royal Cornwall Gazette -- 20th Aug 1919 -- A Tregoney Epitaph. Our Tregoney correspondent sent the following inscription from a stone in the churchyard:

      Weep not for me you standers by,
      As you are now so once was I;
      As I am now so must you be,
      So prepare for death and follow me.

    Some years ago an old Hart House scholar (local private school) pencilled in the following underneath the inscription:

      To follow you is not my intent,
      For I do not know which way you went.

Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 26 July 2006, Vol. 9, No. 30.

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