following magificent epitaph was found carved on a stone in the Swiss
alps, in one of the early Gothic runic alphabets. Archaeologists and
scholars are not certain exactly how old it is, but they believe it may
date from around the fifth century A. D.
Traveller, short is my say.
Stop and read these runes.
This somber slab covers a beautiful woman.
Her name was Juhiza.
She was my light and my only love.
What I wished, she wished also.
What I shunned, she shunned also.
Good she was, and chaste, loyal, discreet.
She walked nobly and spoke kindly.
Traveller, I have finished.