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DIMEV 1166
IMEV 702.5
NIMEV 702.5
Earth goeth upon earth as mold upon mold
A variant of ‘Erthe upon erthe’ (1170) used as an epitaph — four lines
Title(s): ‘Erthe upon erthe’
Subjects: epitaphs; mortality



Inscriptions:
1.Source: London, Edmonton church [a Mandevill or Dacier tomb?]
Transcription:
Erth goyth vpon erth as mold vpon mold
Erth goyth vpon erth al glysteryng in gold
As thogh erth to erth ner turne shold
And yet must erth to erth soner than he wold
Editions:
Weever, John. Ancient Funerall Monuments within the United Monarchie of Great Britaine. London: T. Harper, 1631 (STC 25223); repr. Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; and NY: Walter Johnson, 1979: 534.