Bible Verse Illustrated

Ecc’s. XII. 6, 7, V.

“Then shall the dust return to the

Earth as it was: and the spirit shall

Return unto Go who gave it.”

MARTHA A.

WIFE OF LEWELLYN LODGE

BORN JAN. 13, 1808:

Died Aug. 24, 1877.

The white marble gravestone of Martha Lodge and of Mary Scearce have an elaborately carved deep bas-relief illustrating a Bible verse depicting a cistern in the center of the sculpture framed by two columns.  Water flows from a fountain into a cistern.  On top of the cistern is a broken pitcher and a broken cup.  On one side of the cistern is a broken wheel with what must be the sliver cord described in the Bible verse.  On the other side twines an ivy vine up the side of the cistern.

There are two gravestones of this design in the cemetery that I found—possibly more.  They were carved by a stone cutter, J. S. Clark & Company, out of Louisville, Kentucky.  The imagery is Biblical from two verses from Ecclesiastes, which are identified in the base of the scene:

King James Version:

Ecclesiastes 12:6

Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.”

Ecclesiastes 12:7

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

Ecc’s. XII. 6, 7, V.

MARY E.

W. H. SCEARCE

DIED APR. 11, 1877

AGED 45 YEARS.

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