[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]
1. Beneath are deposited the remains of the Revd Hezekiah Hooper, Jun., late pastor of the Church of Christ, in Boylston, who departed this life December 2d, 1795, in the 25th year of his age, and 2d of his ministry. Sober and exemplary, his mind enriched by a liberal education, he was prepared both to profit and please his fellowmen. Happy in the unanimity and cordial friendship of a kind, liberal and grateful people, he had the pleasing prospect of enjoying many days of peace and prosperity. But ah! how uncertain are the most flattering hopes; cut down in the morning of life, he has left his parents to mourn the loss of a beloved son; his people a useful, affectionate and faithful pastor; and his country a true friend and valuable citizen. His parents, to preserve his memory, and to express their affection, have erected this monument. (This monument is a slate slab, two and one-half feet by sixone and one-half inches thick, resting on a brick foundation, two feet above ground).
2. Here lies Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Lieut. Hezekiah Hooper, who died Nov. 4th, 1799, in her 63d year.
Wisdom and virtue rest in sleep,
Whilst her extensive friends do weep;
She bid the world final adieu
Till she shall rise both bright and new.
Let angels guard this lovely clay,
Until the great decisive day,
When she shall rise for to put on
The robe which Christ prepared so long.
3. In memory of Lieut. Hezekiah Hooper; he died Feb. 22, 1813, in his 81 year.
Great God, I own thy sentence just,
And nature must decay,
I yield my body to the dust,
To dwell with fellow clay.
4. In memory of Lucia, wife of Capt. Joseph Hooper, died Feb. 27, 1824, æt. 54.
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