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DIMEV 4157.5
Of earth I am formed and maked
Alabaster slab for Ralph Wodford esq (d. 1498).
Subjects: epitaphs; Woodford, Ralph; life, transience of
Versification: — couplet — aa



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Ashby Folville, Leicestershire. Alabaster slab for Ralph Wodford esq (d. 1498).
Transcription:
Of erthe I am formed and maked
To erthe I am turned all naked
Note: Effigy of a naked man in open shroud knotted at head. Collared greyhound facing to sinister, its head turned round to look up at its master. On either side of the effigy is a cross, each having a quatrefoil at the intersection of arms. Each cross rises from a pedestal on a long stem, across which lies a folded scroll inscribed ‘Disce mori’. Over the head of the effigy on another folded scroll is the Latin text of Job xix, 25-6: Credo quod redemptor me us /vivit et novissimo die de / terra surrecturus sum. Et in / carne mea videbo deum / salvatorum meum. English verses are on a scroll beneath his feet. Marginal Latin inscription (Hic iacent…).
Editions:
Greenhill, Frank Allen. The incised slabs of Leicestershire and Rutland: prefaced by a brief manual of incised slabs. Leicester: Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, 1958: 27-8.
King, Pamela. “Memorials of Ralph Woodford (d.1498), Ashby Folville, Leicestershire: the Death of the Author?” Recording medieval lives: proceedings of the 2005 Harlaxton Symposium Ed. Julia Boffey and Virginia Daves. Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2009. 182-8.