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Wrapped in a sheet as a full ruly wretch
Epitaph — five couplets, preceded by introductory couplet
Subjects: epitaphs; inscriptions; Baret, John, of Bury St. Edmunds



Inscriptions:
1.Source: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, St. Mary’s Church, SE corner of the nave, tomb of John Baret, A.D. 1463
Transcription:
Ho that wil sadly beholde me with his ȝe
May se hys owyn merowr & lerne for to die

Wrappid in a schete as a ful rewli wrecche
No mor of al myn good to me ward wil strecche
ffrom erthe I kam & on to erthe I am browht
This is my natur for of erthe I was wrowht
Thus erthe on to erthe to gedir now is karet
So endith ech creature Quod John Baret
Qwerfor ȝe pepil in weye of charite
With ȝour good prayers I prey ȝy help me
For such as I am right so schal ȝe all be
Now god on my sowle haue mercy & pite Amen
Editions:
Tymms, S. Wills and Inventories from the Registers of the Commissary of Bury St Edmunds, The Archdeacon of Sudbury Camden Society 49 (1850): 234.
Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. Chronicles of the Tombs. London: Bohn, 1857, and subsequent printings: 48.
Ravenshaw, Thomas Fitz-Arthur Torin. Ancient Epitaphes from A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1800. London: Masters, 1878: 12-13.
King, Pamela. “Eight English Momento Mori Verses from Cadaver Tombs.” Notes and Queries n.s. 28 [226] (1981): 494-6: 495.