Maria Harrison was William’s wife and 16 Years his junior. Her death aged 60 on 30th May 1871 was hard for William. He wrote a brief epitaph for her.
Earth has no speech that can set forth
Her spotless life, and priceless worth
These only can be said or sung
In accents from an angel’s tongue.
No mortal eulogy may dream
Of justice to so bright a theme.
Were all the bards to join their lays,
That ever sung in woman’s praise –
The vain attempt at gilding gold,
Would leave the better half untold;
We therefore let the curtain fall,
Till the last day discloses all.
Following her death he wrote a beautiful piece that shows his loss of her. This will be posted next week