Now I lay me down to sleep

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HATTIE A. BURR

DAUGHTER OF

HENRY A. & HARRIET A. BURR

BORN NOVEMBER 9TH 1851.

DIED MARCH 3RD 1860.

 

WE KNOW THAT GOD HAS BUT RECALLED

THE GEM THAT HE HAS GIVEN;

AND THOUGH THE CASKET MOULDER HERE

THE JEWEL IS IN HEAVEN.

Even though the soft white marble monument has suffered from erosion and many of the features of the three figures have been obliterated, it is still obvious the image represents two angels aloft transporting a tiny young soul to Heaven.

The faded epitaph reinforces the imagery on the gravestone…“the jewel is in Heaven.” The gravestone reminds me of the prayer many of us said as children as we bent down next to our beds:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

If I shall die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.

The little eight-year old daughter and namesake of Harriet Burr and her husband Henry Burr was buried in the Green-Wood Cemetery at Brooklyn, New York.

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