The Good Shepherd





AUG 28, 1854


5 M’S, 16 D’S.

The lamb is the symbol of the Lord, the Good Shepherd, which comes from the Bible passage, Psalm 23:1-6.

The lamb also represents innocence, likely the reason why this motif usually adorns the tombstones of infants and young children such as this one for Angeline Clark buried in the Melott Cemetery in rural Brown County, Indiana.  Most often the lamb is lying down, often asleep and sometimes with a cross behind the lamb. Here the lamb in accompanied by a little girl, presumably the visage of little Angeline.


~Psalms 23:1-6~

The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters,

He restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.


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