Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Cemetery Symbolism: The Dove
Victorian cemetery art incorporated elaborate symbolism to convey the hopes and sorrows of those left behind.
The Dove: Symbolizing peace, purity, and the Holy Spirit in Christian and Jewish tradition. The graceful ascent of the soul to Heaven.
R. Ralston Neely
Robert and Christiana Neely
Born Jan. 9th, 1816
Died Jan. 1st, 1865
None knew thee but to love thee
None named thee but to praise thee
Note: The epitaph is an adaptation of a verse from On the Death of Joseph Rodman Drake, composed by Fitz-Green Halleck, American poet (1790-1867), to honor his friend and fellow writer.
(Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church, West Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania)
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