This is the back of Mary Manning’s gravestone, carved for her by her husband Josiah when he was 72 years old.  I was moved to tears reading the words he chiselled on the back of her stone, imagining his sorrow when carving them!  They are hard to read, but it’s something like, “The LORD Gave & the LORD hath taken away blessed be the name of the LORD for Lover & friend hast thou put far from me & mine acquaintance into darkness.  In the Cold mansions of the silent Tomb, O how still the solitude how deep ye gloom. Here sleeps her dust unconscious Close confined, but far, far Distant Dwells [the immortal mind].”

"Lover & friend hast thou put far from me & mine acquaintance into darkness" is from Psalm 88:18, in the the King James version of the Bible.

This is the back of Mary Manning’s gravestone, carved for her by her husband Josiah when he was 72 years old. I was moved to tears reading the words he chiselled on the back of her stone, imagining his sorrow when carving them! They are hard to read, but it’s something like, “The LORD Gave & the LORD hath taken away blessed be the name of the LORD for Lover & friend hast thou put far from me & mine acquaintance into darkness. In the Cold mansions of the silent Tomb, O how still the solitude how deep ye gloom. Here sleeps her dust unconscious Close confined, but far, far Distant Dwells [the immortal mind].”

"Lover & friend hast thou put far from me & mine acquaintance into darkness" is from Psalm 88:18, in the the King James version of the Bible.