A Curious Manuscript Circa Early 18th Century Gravestone Epitaph Puzzle
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A Curiously Whimsical Manuscript Dating To Circa Early 18th Century And Appears To Be A Form Of Gravestone Epitaph Puzzle. There Are 2 Manuscripts, The Older One Is Mounted On Linen With Some Damage Along The Folds Which Has Been Repaired With A Needle and Thread. The Other Appears To Be A Slightly Later Copy, Likely Made In Order To Preserve The Text, Given The Frailty Of The Older One. Both Are Written In Brown Ink And Likely Done By The Same Hand.
To understand the piece you must follow the letters until they make up a word, regardless of how long or short that word is or how they are divided or pointed.
The solution to the puzzle is as follows:
“Beneath this stone lies Katharine Gray, chang’d from a busy life to lifeless clay. By earth and cry she got her pelf, and now she’s turn’d to earth herself. Ye weeping friends let me advise, abate your grief and dry your eyes. For what avails a flood or tears: who knows but in a run of years, in some tall pitcher or broad pan, she in her shop may be again”.
Condition is as pictured, commensurate with age and use. Please study all images.
Measures 20cm x 15.5cm & 19cm x 15.9cm