Mary Swift 1771

headstone tympanum

Here lies the body of
Mary Swift wife of
Mr Moses Swift
She Departed this Life
Nov'r the 2nd A D 1771
in the 48th Year of her Age

Pray cast an eye, as you pass by
For as you are, so once was I
And as I am, so you must be
Prepare for Death & follow me

The tympanum image is the style of the Stevens carvers or John Bull of Newport, R I. Note the scythe which is about to cut the hourglass in two causing the sands of time to run out. Left photo supplied by Brian Nickerson October 2008. Right photo supplied by Ann Sears of the Falmouth Hustorical Society.

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