To the glory of God
and in grateful memory of
Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
An apostle whose only home was his saddle,
his parish the continent.
With fervent love for his Lord and a zeal that never flagged
this lifelong missionary sought the people
in the van of the advancing pioneers,
made strong the moral foundations of the Commonwealth,
and built up the Kingdom of God.
Carried from his bed, frail and spent,
to the Methodist church which stood on this spot
he preached, March 24, 1816, his last sermon.
Happy if with my latest breath
I may but gasp His name;
Preach Him to all and cry in death
"Behold, behold the Lamb!"
Dedicated by the Methodists of Richmond, Virginia, October 27, 1921,
The one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his landing in America.