The Butterfly

Mt. Auburn, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mt. Auburn, Cambridge, Massachusetts

For this mortal must put on immortality.

To the Memory




Who died at sea, October 31, 1834,

aged 27 years.


By his commercial friends and associates

As a memorial of their


And respect for his elevated, moral and religious



He sleeps beneath the blue lone sea,

He lies where pearls lie deep

He was the loved of all, yet none

O’er his low bed may weep.


Like many symbols found in gravestone art, the butterfly has more than one meaning.  The butterfly emerging out of the chrysalis represents the flight of the soul from the body.  The metamorphosis of the butterfly, the change from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, also represents the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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1 Response to The Butterfly

  1. Mary Kim Schreck says:

    First, I thought the Captain Krunch video was part of your entry…I thought you were surely getting hi-tech in your blogs…then I realized it was an ad….with Bert Reynolds no less….
    Observation about the tombstone: isn’t it amazing that at 27 this guy had already made such an impression that his “commercial friends and associates” that they got together to pay for such an expensive monument?

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