Friday, April 11, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Joseph Merrick

(d. Apr. 11, 1890)

Placed on the porch at Coffee Exchange, Providence, RI.

Quote is from Merrick's letters:

"'Tis true my form is something odd,
But blaming me is blaming God;
Could I create myself anew
I would not fail in pleasing you.

If I could reach from pole to pole
Or grasp the ocean with a span,
I would be measured by the soul;
The mind's the standard of the man."

- adapted from a poem by Isaac Watts

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