Memorials of "God's Acre,": Being Monumental Inscriptions in the Isle of Man, Taken in the Summer of 1797

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Manx Society, 1868 - Epitaphs - 147 pages

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Page 17 - What can preserve my life ? or what destroy? An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave ; Legions of angels can't confine me there.
Page 45 - ... when sovereign wisdom wills, My soul an unknown path shall tread, And strangely leave, who strangely fills This frame, and waft me to the dead : O what is death ! 'tis life's last shore, Where vanities are vain no more ; Where all pursuits their goal obtain, And life is all retouch'd again ; Where in their bright result shall rise Thoughts, virtues, friendships, griefs, and joys.
Page 22 - How much is to be done! My hopes and fears Start up alarmed, and o'er life's narrow verge Look down — on what ? A fathomless abyss ! A dread eternity!
Page 11 - The spider's most attenuated thread Is cord, is cable, to man's tender tie On earthly bliss; it breaks at every breeze.
Page 28 - There's no prerogative in human hours. In human hearts what bolder thought can rise. Than man's presumption on to-morrow's dawn ? Where is to-morrow ? In another world. For numbers this is certain ; the reverse Is sure to none : and yet on this perhaps...
Page 100 - Why else, when heard in evening's solemn gloom, Does the sad knell, that sounding o'er the plain Tolls some poor lifeless body to the tomb, Thus thrill my breast with melancholy pain ? The voice of Reason thunders in my ear : ' Thus thou, ere long, must join thy kindred clay ; No more those nostrils breathe the vital air...
Page 11 - Sleeping in Jesus, here lieth the body of THOMAS WILSON, DD Lord Bishop of this Isle, Who died March 7th, 1755, Aged 93, and in the 58th year of his consecration. This Monument was erected By his Son, Thomas Wilson, DD a native of this parish, Who, in obedience to the express commands of his Father, declines giving him the character he so justly deserved. Let this Island speak the rest!— P.
Page 9 - A Practical Grammar of the Ancient Gaelic, or Language of the Isle of Man, usually called Manx.
Page 76 - Stop, traveller, I pray ; but then take heed, You judge not hard of him, when this you read. No debts, no laws, obliged him to fly From the dear land of his nativity...
Page 12 - April 21st, 1738, aged 47; whose master hath here given this testimony of his integrity, that in twenty years' service he never found cause to charge him with eye-service, fraud, or injustice.

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