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Sub hoc Tumulo / Reliquiae / Rev. Johannis Payson, A.M. / Jacent. / Olim Ecclesiae Fitchburgensis / Pastor. Qui die Maii XXIII / Anno Domini MDCCCIV / mortuus est / Anno Aetatis LIX / Annoque sui Sacerdoti XXXVI / Pra(e?)stantissimo Vir ingenio, / benevolentissimoque animo / scientia praeditus. mandatoque divino fidelis / studio exercitioque Theologiae / amico monito factisque charitatis datus. / potius quam contentioni inani / persecutionibusque avaritiae sordidis.
So it begins something like this:
Under this mound the remains of the Rev. John Payson lie. Once pastor of the Fitchburg church. Who died May 23, A.D. 1804 in the 59th year of his age and the 36th year of his pastorate...
......36th year of his Priesthood. A man of exceptional ability and of a most benevolent spirit, endowed with learning, faithful to his divine mission, devoted to the study and practice of theology and to deeds of charity for the admonished friend rather than useless stife and the sordid pursuit of avrice.
- dedication to his mission
- pursuit of the spiritual (ea quae supra sunt, as St. Paul puts it)
- promotion of holy concorde
devoted to deeds of charity to the chastened or admonished friend
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