Gravestone at Ashford, 1890
Gravestone of Mary HOWE, relative of the author. This sketch
was made by William DOXEY (also a relative) in 1890, after
the gravestone had been moved to the wall of the church, since when the
surface has exfoliated, making the inscription unreadable. This is
the earliest known example of the much-quoted verse. Mary's husband
John HOWE was known as "The Poet of the Peak" and has left a large
body of Poetry in a work called "Trifles Light as Air"
The drawing reads:
Sacred to the Memory of
Juliet daughter of John & Mary HOWE
who departed this life July 20th 1819 aged 4 days.
Also Mary wife of John HOWE
who departed this life July 22nd 1819 aged 43 years.
"She was....but words are wanting to say what,
Think what a woman should be...she was that."
Copy of Grandmother's gravestone in Ashford Church yard.
Photo taken: 1890
Source: May Walker, Sheffield
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