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IMEV 3220.7
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Such as ye be some time were we
Epitaph reminding readers of transitoriness of life — varying number of couplets
Subjects: epitaphs; transitoriness, of life; inscriptions; Drury, Robert, sir; Chichele, William; Woode, John
Versification: — two-line — aa



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Higham Ferrars, Northamptonshire, Church of St. Mary the Virgin tomb of William and Beatrice Chichele on floor at west end of south aisle, to right of Lady Chapel altar
Transcription:
Such as ye be, such wer we
Such as we be, such shall ye be
Lerneth to deye that is the lawe
That this lif yow to wol drawe
Sorwe or gladnesse nought letten age
But on he cometh to lord and page
Wherfor for us that ben goo
Preyeth as other shall for you doo
That god of his benignyte
On us have mercy and pite
And noght remember our wykkedness
Soth he us bought of hys goodness
Note: Twelve lines in couplets.
Editions:
Ravenshaw, Thomas Fitz-Arthur Torin. Ancient Epitaphes from A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1800. London: Masters, 1878: 8.
Evans, Joan. English Art, 1307-1461. Oxford History of Art 5. Oxford: Clarendon, 1949: 174.
Gray, Douglas. “A Middle English Epitaph.” Notes and Queries n.s. 8 [206] (1961): 132-5: 135 mislabelling as 1265).
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 314 (first six lines).
2.Source: Wooburn, Buckinghamshire, Church of St Paul’s, tomb of Sir Robert Drury.
Transcription:
Loke suche as we are such ye shal be
And such as we were suche ye be
Of that which was unsure now are we surteyne
O blessed trinite save vs from payne
Thoucht we be gone and part out of minde
As ye would be prayed for pray ye
For vs to the most glorious trinite
For be ye sur when ye have all done
This day can shall ye play ye wote not how soone
Thocht now that we may the more neede
Sey a Pater Noster Ave and a Crede
Note: Twelve lines in couplets.
Editions:
Boodle, J. A. “The Sepulchral Brasses of Buckinghamshire.” Records of Buckinghamshire. Aylesbury: de Fraine, for the Buckinghamshire Architectural and Archaeological Society 3 (1870): 106-19: 4.,illus. following 22.
3.Source: ? tomb of John Woode.
Note: Six lines.
4.Source: No longer extant.
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: 730; 803.
Britton, John, ed. The Beauties of England and Wales. 19 vols. in 26 parts London: Vernor, Hood and Sharpe, 1801-1815: Suffolk, p. 75.
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. Chronicles of the Tombs. London: Bohn, 1857, and subsequent printings: 45; 64.
Evans, Joan. English Art, 1307-1461. Oxford History of Art 5. Oxford: Clarendon, 1949: 174.
Gray, Douglas. “A Middle English Epitaph.” Notes and Queries n.s. 8 [206] (1961): 132-5: 13.