Like the morning dew

Kingsbury Cemetery, Kingsbury, Indiana

Displayed on the square-top white marble gravestone of 30-year old Arad Davis who died in 1852, is a highly-stylized willow tree, symbolizing sorrow and mourning.  The epitaph on the gravestone, faded and weathered but still legible, speaks to the fleeting nature of life:

How short is life, how sure is death

Our days alas how few,

Our mortal life is but a breath

Tis like the morning dew.

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