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NIMEV 1793.5
John Barton lieth under here / Sometimes of London
Epitaph, A.D. 1460, of John Barton and his wife at St Michael Basinghall, London — four couplets
Subjects: epitaphs; inscriptions; Barton, John, of London
Versification: — two-line — aa



Inscriptions:
1.Source: olim London, St. Michael’s Church, Basinghall tomb of John Barton, Mercer (d. 1460)
Transcription:
John Barton lyeth vnder here
Sometimes of London Citizen and Mercer
And Ienet his wife with their progeny
Beene turned to earth as yee may see
Frendes free what so yee bee
Pray for vs wee you pray
As you see vs in this degree
So shall you bee another day
Note: Variant, one 8-line stanza, aabbbcbc.
Editions:
Stow, John. A svrvay of London: contayning the originall, antiquity, increase, moderne estate, and description of that citie: written in the yeare 1598. London: Imprinted by Iohn Wolfe, Printer to the honorable citie of London, and are to be sold at his shop within the Popes head Alley in Lombard street, 1598 (STC 23341): 229.
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: 398.
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. Chronicles of the Tombs. London: Bohn, 1857, and subsequent printings: 46.
Ravenshaw, Thomas Fitz-Arthur Torin. Ancient Epitaphes from A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1800. London: Masters, 1878: 12.
Gray, Douglas. “A Middle English Epitaph.” Notes and Queries n.s. 8 [206] (1961): 132-5: 135.