Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Graveyard Discourse

As quoted in Over Their Dead Bodies: Yankee Epitaphs & History by Thomas C. Mann & Janet Greene (1962), a grave is found in Searsport, reportedly from the late 1800s. It reads:
Under the sod and under the trees
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod:
Pease shelled out and went to God.

The book reports similar or identical verse is found on two other gravestones, one in Barre, Vermont, and one in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

More like three Pease in a pod, if you ask me.

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