'Epitaph of Charles Irving'
From a letter to Dr F. H. Deane (4 April 1842).
'To Dr F. H. Deane.' The Letters of Charles Dickens. The Pilgrim Edition. Edited by Madeline House, Graham Storey and Kathleen Tillotson. Volume 3 (1842-1843), p. 187. Oxford University Press, 1974.
Dickens, Charles. 'Epitaph of Charles Irving' (4 April 1842). Dickens Search. Eds. Emily Bell and Lydia Craig. Accessed [date]. https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1842-04-04_Epitaph_Charles_Irving.
This is the Grave
A Little Child,
Whom God in his goodness
Called to a Bright Eternity,
When he was very young.
Hard as it is
For Human Affection
To reconcile itself
In any shape;
(And most of all, perhaps,
Can even now believe
That it will be a consolation to them,
Throughout Their Lives,
And when they shall have grown old
Always to think of him
As a Child,
“And Jesus called a little child unto
Him, and set him in the midst of them”
He was the son of A and M Thornton.
Christened CHARLES IRVING
He was born on the 20th day of January 1841,
And he died on the 12th day of March 1842.
Having lived only Thirteen Months, and nine days.
Dickens, Charles, “'Epitaph of Charles Irving',” Dickens Search, accessed February 4, 2023, https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1842-04-04_Epitaph_Charles_Irving.