I’ve been neglecting one of my hobbies lately, which is going around to cemeteries and collecting poetry from the oldest stones. I’ve arranged it for you to see here. The archaeologist in me finds the changes in styles over time to be neat, and the writer in me enjoys the simple meaning in some of the sayings. A perfect combination!
(I will disclaim, however, that there are many excellent gravestone studies and websites out there, that have recorded different carvings carefully. I make no claim to be anything but a dilettante who likes history and words!)