Banner Photograph of BRAD CEMETERY - Highway 180 West of Palo Pinto. Taken by Judith Richards Shubert 2009.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Asleep in Jesus!" Lillian Copeland - Tombstone Tuesday in Veal Creek Cemetery


Lillian Copeland
Born Mar. 10, 1898
Died May 13, 1908

"Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep, From which none
ever wakes to weep"

This beautiful gravemarker is that of a 10-year old child. Notice the height of the familiar tree- or woodsmen of the world design. It is only one-half or one-third as tall as those placed at adults graves. Also, there is a lamb on the marker which usually was used on children's gravestones.

In 1917 The General Council Publication House in Philadelphia published Favorite Hymns by William Lee Hunton.1 It contains "stories of the origin, authorship, and use of hymns we love." A copy of this book was stamped May 11, 1918, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.

The author writes that hymns concerning death and burial soothes the grieving and the message in them comforts and reaches the soul. Mr. Hunton states that many hymns of Christian experience are especially helpful for the dying, and comforting to the living who mourn. But there are hymns which seem solely to be messages of comfort for those who mourn the departure of loved ones. Among these is one which was penned by a woman, Margaret Mackay.

It is the first two lines of this hymn which adorns the child's gravestone above.

A Woman's Hymn Concerning Death
Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep:
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.

Asleep in Jesus! o how sweet,
To be for such a slumber meet;
With holy confidence to sing
That death has lost his venomed sting.

Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest,
Whose waking is supremely blest:
No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour
That manifests the Saviour's power.

Asleep in Jesus! oh, for me
May such a blissful refuge be!
Securely shall my ashes lie,
And wait the summons from on high.

The hymn which appeared first in "The Amethyst; or, Christian Annual," for 1832, was occasioned by the author, Mrs. Mackay, of Hedgefield, England, reading an inscription on a tombstone in a rural burying-ground in Devonshire.

Later, in writing concerning her verses, the writer says, the burying-ground referred to is that of Pennycross Chapel. It is a few miles distant from a busy seaport, and is reached by a succession of lovely green lanes. The quiet aspect of the Pennycross "God's Acre" comes soothingly over the mind, suggesting at once the thought of "Sleeping in Jesus." Certainly the thought, which is the thought of Christ and strictly biblical, is beautifully emphasized for the comforting of countless mourning ones, as well as for the staying of the souls of many as they are about to fall into that sleep which knows no earthly awakening.

Sources:

1. Hunton, William Lee, "Favorite Hymns," Google Book Search, (Online: Books.Google.com) [Original published by The General Council Publication House, 1917; Original from Harvard University], page 225-226, <http://books.google.com/books?id=6VINAAAAYAAJ> accessed April 28, 2009.

Veal Creek Cemetery, Stephens County, Texas
Photograph by Judith Richards Shubert (c) 2009




Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Maynard H. Brewer


Maynard H. Brewer

Texas
Pvt. 311 Tech Sch SQ AAF
World War II
Feb. 19, 1899 - Oct. 19, 1966

Freemason Symbol


Brad Cemetery, Palo Pinto County, Texas
Photograph by Judith Richards Shubert (c) 2009


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