My Hower Is Past

Memento mori, oil on canvas (49 x 40 cm) by anonymous artist; Augustinermuseum Rattenberg, Austria.
Memento mori, oil on canvas (49 x 40 cm) by anonymous artist; Augustinermuseum Rattenberg, Austria.

Near this place lyeth the body of Ann Clark of town, Midwife, who departed this life the 12th day January, 1733, Aged 77 years.

Memento Mori.

On harmless babes I did attend
Whilst I on earth my life did spend,
To help the helpless in their need,
I ready was with care and speed,
Many from Pain my hands I did free,
But none from death could rescue me,
My glass is run, my hower is past,
And yours is coming all so fast.

Epitaph in churchyard of St. George, Tiverton.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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