A soldier of the Cromwell stamp,
With sword and psalm-book by his side,
At home alike in church and camp;
Austere he lived, and smileless he died.
Parliamentarian Harquebusier Officer C. 1645
But she, a creature soft and fine-
From Spain, some say, some say from France;
Within her veins leapt blood like wine-
In Grantham church they lie asleep;
Just where, the verger may not know.
Strange, that two hundred years should keep
The old ancestral fires aglow!
Grantham Church Cemetery
In me these two have met again;
To each my nature owes a part;
To one, the cool and reasoning brain;
To one, the quick, unreasoning heart.
The Last Farewell
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
American writer and poet