Here lyes buried
The body of
Mrs. SARAH MORTON
Wife of Mr. LEMUEL MORTON
Who departed this Life
April 17th 1785 in ye 23
Year of her Age.
In Her. United all that’s fair & good,
Short was her Race yet Virtues Path she tred.
The gray slate gravestone of Mrs. Sarah Morton displays a youthful looking soul effigy, or winged cherub. The wings curve down framing the face and the eyes stare blankly forward. Here, the young bride of only 23 years old is buried on Burial Hill at Plymouth, Massachusetts, the home of the Mayflower passengers and their descendants.
The two-line epitaph extolls her virtues and gives a hint at the sadness of her early death by speaking of the shortness of her Race. But, notice how the word tred in the second line of the epitaph is tucked in between the two lines indicating that the stone carver had not planned it out completely. What a reminder of so many art projects past. Not enough time to re-do the project. At least they weren’t in stone for all of posterity to see!