TQ2272 : The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: The little birds sang east and the little birds sang west

taken 9 years ago, near to Roehampton, Wandsworth, Great Britain

The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: The little birds sang east and the little birds sang west
The Ismay plot, Putney Vale Cemetery: The little birds sang east and the little birds sang west
This bench stands at the far end of the Ismay plot, some way back from the cemetery perimeter road. The steep bank behind it marks the boundary with Wimbledon Common.

The inscription on the back-rest is partly obscured by algae and lichen, but reads as follows:

The little birds sang east, and the little birds sang west
And I smiled to think God's greatness flowed around our incompleteness,
Round our restlessness, His rest.

My friend ceridwen Link tells me this is the final verse of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Rhyme of the Duchess May' (which runs to all of one hundred and eleven verses!). LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )

The bench was - I believe - carved and inscribed by A.H. Gerrard, who taught at the Slade School of Art. A clearer impression of his style can be had here: Link

Gerrard's name is no longer well-known, though he was highly thought of in his day - at 55 Broadway, Westminster (adjacent to St James' Park Underground) his work appears alongside that of Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Eric Gill LinkExternal link

For more about the Ismay plot, see: TQ2272 : Here lies the father of the Titanic: the tomb of Bruce Ismay, Putney Vale Cemetery
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TQ2272, 126 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 18 April, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Burial ground, Crematorium  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2223 7228 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.1805N 0:14.5748W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2223 7229
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