- O do not rear for me a granite shaft,
With massive base and heaven-piercing
- On which the sculptor's steel shall deftly
- Kind semi-falsehoods none would care
- to speak.
But let a simple slab with name and date
Point out my resting place to friend and
- And should I merit rank among the great
Shame not the modest stone by saying so.
But rather let my memory be read;
Let men look round them or inspect within.
There let them find the praises of their dead,
There let encomium end and begin.
Let me be monumented thus in love,
And I am sure that peace, serene and deep,
Will rule my spirit in the realms above,
When God shall give to His beloved sleep.
__Harry Edward Mills.
Harry Edward Mills
(Fort Scott: Sunflower Press. 1901)
June 15, 2003 /
John & Susan Howell /
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