Words on Stone

An excerpt from the poem, The Green Fields of France by Eric Bogle.
But here in this graveyard that is still No Man’s land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand.
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man
To a whole generation that was butchered and damned.

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Hail sweet repose now shall we rest
No more with Sickness be distressed
Here from all Sorrow find release
Our Souls shall dwell in endless peace.

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Here lies brave Snow, full six feet deep,
Whose heart would melt when caused to weep.
Though winter’s blast may freeze his frame,
Yet Death’s cold grasp can’t chill his fame.  1829

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His lips which I kissed are faded and cold
His hands which I clasped are covered with mould
His form which I clasped is crumbled away
And soon by his side his weepers shall lay.

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What thou art reading on my bones
Oft I read on other stones
And others soon will read of thee
What thou art reading now of me.

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Passengers behold ! my friends and view;
Breathless I lie; no more with you;
Hurri’d from life, sent to the grave;
Jesus my only hope – to save;
No warning had I of my sad fate
Till dire the stroke alas! to late.

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Filial affection stronger than the grave
From time’s obliterating hand to save
Erects this humble monument of stones
Over a Father’s and Mother’s bones
Far from their native land here mouldering lie
As one in life, now in one cemetery
In Heaven their children hope that blessd abode
To meet their spirits with arisen God.

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In death’s cold arms lies sleeping
A tender parent, a companion dear
In love she lived, in peace she died
Her life was asked but was denied.

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Forest Hills Cemetery

Located on Forest Hills Avenue/Morton Street, Boston, MA, USA, this cemetery was founded in 1848. It is a superb example of 19th century design of a rural garden cemetery, and a cultural change from the severe style of the burial grounds in colonial New England.

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The active cemetery of 250 acres is so large that pathways have been named. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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There are numerous commissioned sculptures throughout the graveyard. The Sculpture Path was created to allow visitors a special place where they could enjoy a magnificent landscape while visiting friends and family.

The Sentinel by Fern Cunningham. This statue commemorates the artist’s African ancestors and strong women in her family.

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Removed from the Roxbury tomb in Boston Common in 1895

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Remember
Edward Mcclure Peters Jr.
First Lieutenant 16th US Infantry
Commanding Second Company Machine Gun
Battalion, First Brigade, First Division,
American Expeditionary Force
Born On Christmas Day 1892. Killed In Action
At Seicheprey In Lorraine While Trying
To Protect His Men. March 11, 1918
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In 1999, the Forest Hills Educational Trust developed the annual Lantern Festival in 1999 to remember family and friends during a moving ceremony inspired by Buddhist ritual. At dusk, people release hundreds of glowing lanterns bearing personal message onto Lake Hibiscus (located in the center of the cemetery) and watch them float away as the sun sets.

 

Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei is a Christian symbol representing the Lamb of God. It is one of the earliest symbols of Christ deriving from Saint John the Baptist’s exclamation on beholding Christ, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world ” (John 1, 29).

The symbol depicts a lamb with a halo standing on the ground, holding by the right forefoot a banner flying on a wooden cross. It represents the risen Christ triumphant over death. A similar image showing the lamb with a gash in its side, symbolizes the passion of Christ.

 

 

 

In some instances the lamb may be seated.

 

A reclining Agnus Dei seated on a book with seven seals, represents the final judgment when Christ returns in glory.

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Agnus Dei was adopted as a Masonic symbol by the Knights Templar and is found on several of their seals.

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The Agnus Dei is also a badge of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. The Paschal Lamb with a halo above its head, supports over one shoulder a flag bearing the device of St. George, a red cross upon a white field.

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