[The headstone reads, “Thomas E, son of W.L. & [?] White, Born Sept. 26, 1871, Died Dec. 26, 1871.” The photo was found on flickr, photographer “Midnight Believer”; Sulphur Springs Cemetery; Crittenden County, Kentucky. No copyright claimed, but thank you anyway.]
Lie down, frail body here,
Earth has no fairer bed,
No gentler pillow to afford;
Come, rest thy home-sick head.
Lie down, “vile body” here [“vile body” is from Phil. 3:21]
This mould is smoothly strewn,
No couch of flowers more softly spread;
Come, make this grave thine own.
Lie down with all thy aches,
There is no aching here;
How soon shall all thy-long ills
Through these well guarded gates
No foe can entrance gain;
No sickness wastes, nor once intrudes
There memory of pain.
The tossing of the night,
The frettings of the day,
All and, and like a cloud of dawn,
Melt from thy skies away.
Brief night and quiet couch
In some star-lighted room,
Watched but by one beloved eye,
Whose light dispels all gloom.
A sky without a cloud,
A sea without a wave–
These are but shadows of rest
In this thy peaceful grave.
Rest for the toiling hand,
Rest for the thought-worn brow,
Rest for the weary way-sore feet,
Rest from all labor now.
Rest for the fevered brain,
Rest for the throbbing eye;
Thro’ these parched lips of thine no more
Shall pass the moan or sigh.
Soon shall the trump of God
Give out the welcomed sound,
That shakes the silent chamber-walls,
And breaks the turf-sealed ground.
Ye dwellers in the dust,
Awake, come forth and sing;
Sharp has your frost of winter been,
But bright shall be your spring.
‘Twas sown in weakness here,
‘Twill then be raised in power;
That which was sown an earthly seed,
Shall rise a heavenly flower.
1 Corinthians 15:42–49(ESV)
42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.