Reuben, my boy," said he, "this rock beneath which we sit will serve for an old hunter's gravestone.
The thicket into which Reuben had fired was near the summit of a swell of land, and was clustered around the base of a rock, which, in the shape and smoothness of one of its surfaces, was not unlike a gigantic gravestone.
This broad rock is the gravestone of your near kindred, Dorcas," said her husband.
and all the gravestones
in the churchyard--it was a large churchyard that they were in--looking on like ghosts in white, while the church tower itself looked on Eke the ghost of a monstrous giant.
She continued to stand, however, looking at the placid churchyard with the long shadows of the gravestones
across the bright green hillocks, and at the glowing autumn colours of the Rectory trees beyond.
Faithful to no race after the manner of the kindly earth, receiving no impress from valour and toil and self- sacrifice, recognising no finality of dominion, the sea has never adopted the cause of its masters like those lands where the victorious nations of mankind have taken root, rocking their cradles and setting up their gravestones
And close at hand came the village: the small church, with its red-tiled roof, looking humble even among the faded half-timbered houses; the old green gravestones
with nettles round them; nothing fresh and bright but the children, opening round eyes at the swift post-chaise; nothing noisy and busy but the gaping curs of mysterious pedigree.
And there really was a churchyard outside under some cloisters, for I saw the gravestones
from the staircase window.
Beyond, the shore, strewed over with these rocks like gravestones
, ascended, in form of an amphitheater among mastic-trees and cactus, a sort of small town, full of smoke, confused noises, and terrified movements.
But as some of them were united into extended groups and as the interest of the congregation deepened, the churches began to seem too small and inconvenient, the excited audiences forgot the proper reverence, and the performances were transferred to the churchyard, and then, when the gravestones
proved troublesome, to the market place, the village-green, or any convenient field.
Hard by, was a little churchyard; not crowded with tall unsightly gravestones
, but full of humble mounds, covered with fresh turf and moss: beneath which, the old people of the village lay at rest.
They admired everything--the old grey porch, the mullioned windows, the venerable gravestones dotting the green churchyard, the ancient tower, the very weathercock; the brown thatched roofs of cottage, barn, and homestead, peeping from among the trees; the stream that rippled by the distant water-mill; the blue Welsh mountains far away.
Hard by these gravestones of dead years, and forming a part of the ruin which some pains had been taken to render habitable in modern times, were two small dwellings with sunken windows and oaken doors, fast hastening to decay, empty and desolate.
Lastly, there is one example of a concrete gravestone
that does not record the date of death.
Johanna Spyri's body is buried in the Sihlfeld cemetery in Zurich, but her gravestone
was left in the worst of conditions.