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Re: Gravestone Inscription?
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 01 September 20 09:02 BST (UK) »
It could well be and it would make sense. So you would have:-

Oh! that I might join our first beautiful Maker

I wonder whether it is from anything or is just something that was made up either by the couple or any relative who had the gravestone done.

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Re: Gravestone Inscription?
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 01 September 20 09:35 BST (UK) »
It could well be and it would make sense. So you would have:-

Oh! that I might join our first beautiful Maker

I wonder whether it is from anything or is just something that was made up either by the couple or any relative who had the gravestone done.

I was told the inscription was done at the time of the first death, Reginald. So it would be done by his wife.  I guess it could be something she made up. I hadn't thought of that.

Thank you for your help.

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Re: Gravestone Inscription?
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 01 September 20 09:47 BST (UK) »
My input

Oh! that I might join our just beautiful Maker.

Malky


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Re: Gravestone Inscription?
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 01 September 20 09:49 BST (UK) »
My input

Oh! that I might join our just beautiful Maker.

Malky

Yes that works.

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« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 01 September 20 11:13 BST (UK) »
I'm afraid it doesn't work for me. Having seen the image, I can't see an 'M' or even an 'm' at the start of the last word, nor can I see a 'j' in either of the words thought to be 'join' and 'just' (and the first letters of those words don't look the same).

My best interpretation is "Oh! that I might row on that beautiful lake".

This might be a line from a poem or some other literary allusion, but if so, I haven't been able to find it. (I did find "row on that beautiful lake" in an English version of Stendhal's "The Charterhouse of Parma".) Perhaps it's just a saying that the couple used between themselves.
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Re: Gravestone Inscription?
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 01 September 20 12:01 BST (UK) »
I'm afraid it doesn't work for me. Having seen the image, I can't see an 'M' or even an 'm' at the start of the last word, nor can I see a 'j' in either of the words thought to be 'join' and 'just' (and the first letters of those words don't look the same).

My best interpretation is "Oh! that I might row on that beautiful lake".

This might be a line from a poem or some other literary allusion, but if so, I haven't been able to find it. (I did find "row on that beautiful lake" in an English version of Stendhal's "The Charterhouse of Parma".) Perhaps it's just a saying that the couple used between themselves.

This is interesting and at first I dismissed your idea. Then I remembered they travelled a great deal in South Africa and Australia. I think it could be a reference to a happy memory. Thank you