Elizabeth Thomas is my name
And Wales is my nation.
Llanerchymedd is my dwelling place
And Christ is my salvation.
When I am dead and buried
And all my bones are rotten,
Here is a Book for you to look,
When I am quite forgotten.
The grass is green, the rose is red,
Remember me when I am dead.
Bessie Thomas, September 22, 69
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Elizabeth "Bessie" Thomas (1851-1930) was brought up in Llanerchymedd (pronunciation) on the island of Anglesey in Wales. In 1869, when she was 18 years old, she wrote the following poem in the front cover of her bible. The last line of her poem is particularly poignant, as she is now being remembered on the internet and her words potentially seen by far more people than she could have ever envisioned.
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