“My Sun is Setting at Noon”

“My Sun is Setting at Noon”

“Sketch of the Character of Miss Rebecca Farmer, of Billerica,” ca. 1792. Catalog Record | Enlarge Image | Adopt a Book Home

This volume contains reminiscences of a life lost at a young age.  Rebecca Farmer (1768-1792), daughter of Oliver Farmer (1728-1814) and Hannah Abbott (1735-1819), of Billerica, Massachusetts, died at the age of 23.  She died after a lengthy illness during which she reflected much on her life. The anonymous author of this volume collected Rebecca’s writings about death, including both her own original poetry and poems by her favorite authors, and transcribed them in this volume.  Rebecca writes of her approaching death in the following verse – “My sun is setting at noon – an untimely evening draws its shadows over all my anticipated joys; the charms of youth avail nothing – they are already blasted – a cruel disease has sapped the fountain of my life…” 

Adopted by M. R. McEvoy Boatwright



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