Funeral Imagery

“Weal or Wo Time doth go; Time hath no returning:
Secret Fates guide our States, both in Mirth and Mourning.” 

The Worlds Vanity, 1752

Funerary display, Brigham City, Utah


“Thy heart was tender, and thy temper mild,
And 'peace be here' thou oft hast calmly said,
Thy easy humour, still the time beguil’d
Now peace to him that’s joined to the dead.” 

Mrs. Rachel Devereux, Poetical Pieces Written on Several Occasions, 1803

Child in casket


“My love, she sleeps! Oh, may her sleep
As it is lasting, so be deep!
Soft may the worms about her creep!
Far in the forest, dim and old,
For her may some tall vault unfold” 

-Edgar Allan Poe, The Sleeper