Robinson’s Cemetery is listed in the RI Historical Cemetery database. For more information click here.
Notes: Asterisks indicate indecipherable characters.
Stone 5: This is by far the most difficult to read of all the inscriptions. Scarcely anything can be made of the eight-line poem following the biographical data.
Stone 6: The biographical inscription is followed by this poem:
Peaceful be thy silent slumber
Peaceful in the grave so low.
Thou no more wilt join our number.
Thou no more our songs shall know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is Fled.
Then to Heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
This poem is from a hymn by Samuel Francis Smith (1808-1895), a hymnist, journalist and Baptist minister, but also appeared in earlier psalmbooks and other books of praise. Smith is most noted for writing the hymn, America, (“My Country, ‘Tis of thee”), but he apparently
was unaware the melody was that of God Save the Queen.