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|Headstones||#29.06 Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Terry (#29.??)|
Epitaph: The grave stone of Elizabeth Terry is a few lines from a poem entitled Retirement by William Cowper.
The calm retreat the quiet shade
The poem was also sung as a hymn. It appears as in A Selection of Sacred Songs for Use of Schools and Academies by Elias Nason, Saxton & Pierce, Boston, Mass., 1842, and in Songs for the School Room, also by Elias Nason, John G. Tilton & Co., Newburyport, Mass., 1855. Neither of which suggest a tune.
It also appears as Hymn LXXXIII in The American School Hymn Book, Asa Fitz, Boston, 1854, (p. 75), where it is stated that it may be sung either to the tune ORTONVILLE or to the tune DEDHAM.
You can download a free copy of The American School Hymn Book at Google books, and you can read it here: http://archive.org/stream/americanschoolhy00fitz#page/n5/mode/2up. Just pull the little hand with the pointing index finger over to page 75.
[Richard Thomas, April 2012]
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