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IMEV 2766.6
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Pray for the souls of John Caxton and of Joane
Epitaph — 12 lines
Subjects: epitaphs; inscriptions; Caxton, John and Joane, of Canterbury



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Canterbury, Kent, St. Alphege Church, Epitaph of John and Joane Caxton (1485)
Transcription:
Pray for the sawlys of John Caxton and of Jone
And Isabel that to this church great good hath done
In making new in the chancell
Of Dexkys and Setys aswell
An Antiphon the which did bye
With a table of the martyrdome of St. Alphye
Forthing much which did pay
And departed out of this life of October the 12 day
And Isabel his second wiff
Passed to blisse where is no strife
The xijt day to tell the trowth
Of the same moneth as our Lord knoweth
In the yeare of our Lord God a thousand fower hundred fowerscore and five.
Note: Transcription from Corney (1852)3.
Editions:
Somner, William. The Antiquities of Canterbury. London, J. L[egat] for R. Thrale, 1640; 2nd ed. in two parts, ed. Nicolas Battely London: Knaplock, 1703 (STC 22918): 3277; 1703, App., 69.
Corney, Bolton, etc., ed. “The Caxton Coffer.” Notes & Queries 5 (1852): 3-4: 3.
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. Chronicles of the Tombs. London: Bohn, 1857, and subsequent printings: 49.
Blades, William. The Biography and Typography of William Caxton, England’s first printer. London: Trübner, 1877; repr. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1971: 1.270.