Matt Lygate - a loving father, husband, brother,
philosopher and teacher to many.
A lover of nature and all living things.
A man who lived and died in the struggle for the liberation of man.
"An honest man here lies at rest As e're god with his image blest. The friend of man, the friend of truth; The friend of Age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform'd: If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this." Robert Burns
Donated by Family Lygate
27th December 2013
To thole this life I can no longer; Endure it yet i must, Till death at last, that glorious state, Shall render me to dust Why should it be, no man can tell, Are mortals 'made to mourn' why, even when no one did ask, Yet child and man were born! The oak lives through its thousand years, Not stopping to enquire, And when at last its time has run, It ends upon the fire. But man with thinking, conscious mind, Knowing nought , but what has long been known, The surest thing in life is death, As every rose has thorn. What purpose then for mind and heart, When life goes on the same Perhaps its not for us to reason why but just to play the game! The wretched form it staggers on through life which is so brief Its greatest parts the mind and heart oft' shattered and torn by grief The ones who love you have left you now Through death, or worse despair And on your own you try to think But end up with blank stare "I'll end it all!" you shriek inside At last you've reached that stage, Which marks the part when mind and heart Seem governed by pure rage. But wait! That conscious mind, That everloving heart When reasoned, yet unknowing ways Cries out "Tis not time to depart!" There's so much more than this three score And ten years, we call life The greatest part of living is, The challenge of this strife In struggle, man can use his mind, And know himself the better, With courage bold he'll battle on And free himself from fetter.
Donated by Lygate Family and friends
14th February 2012
Donated by Mr M M Lygate
14th February 2012