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Creator: Nicholas Burghe
Title: "On John Combe, a covetous rich man, Mr. Wm. Shakspear wright this att his request while hee was yett liveing, for his epitaphe. Who lies in this tombe." (2.1) "But being dead, and making the poore his heiers, hee after wrightes this for his epitaph. How ere he lived." (6.1). 
Date: ca. 1650
Repository: Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: MS Ashmole 38, p.180

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Nicholas Burghe
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"On John Combe, a covetous rich man, Mr. Wm. Shakspear wright this att his request while hee was yett liveing, for his epitaphe. Who lies in this tombe." (2.1) "But being dead, and making the poore his heiers, hee after wrightes this for his epitaph.[...]
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ca. 1650
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Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
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MS Ashmole 38, p. 180

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The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, has graciously contributed images of materials in its collections to Shakespeare Documented under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International licence.  Images used within the scope of these terms should cite the Bodleian Libraries as the source.  For any use outside the scope of these terms, visitors should contact Bodleian Libraries Imaging Services at imaging@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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Creator: Nicholas Burghe
Title: "On John Combe, a covetous rich man, Mr. Wm. Shakspear wright this att his request while hee was yett liveing, for his epitaphe. Who lies in this tombe." (2.1) "But being dead, and making the poore his heiers, hee after wrightes this for his epitaph. How ere he lived." (6.1). 
Date: ca. 1650
Repository: Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: MS Ashmole 38, p.180

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333        A folish gentleman, his Lords onlye sister                                               180
                   being dead hee wright this Epitaphe

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80   O Atropas, Aropas, what didst thou meane
       To take A way my Ladye Mistress and leaue my lord & Master sisterles Cleane
       but now she is dead and layde In the ground
       I dare say my Lord and Master would rather haue giuen a thousand pound
                                                                                          finis
       334   On Iohn Combe A Coueteous
                        rich man Mr William Shakspear wright
                        this att his request while hee was yett
                        liueing for his Epitaphe
      
81   Who lies In this Tombe
       hough; Quoth the Deuill, Tis my Son Iohn A Combe
                                                                          finis
                   but being dead, and making the poore
                   his heiers here after wrighte this for his
                                       Epitaph
       335  How ere he lived Iudge not
82           Iohn Combe shall neuer be forgott
               while poor, hath Memmorye, for hee did gather
               to make the poore his Issue ; hee their father
                   As record of his tilth and seede
                   Did Crowne him In his latter deede
                                                               finis William Shakespeare

       336  In Saint Marye Ouerys Church
               vppon on Mr Iarret a Grocer buried
                                  1626
               Some Cald him Garrett, but that was to highe
83           His name was Iarrett, that here doth lye
               who In his life was tost on manye a waue
               And now he lies Anchored In his owne graue
               The Church hee did frequent while hee had breath
               And desired to lye therin after his death
                    To heauen hee is gone, the way before
                    wheare of Grocers ther is manye more
                                                                      finis

        337 A Nother In the same Church

84           Here lies William Emerson
               who liued and died an honest man
                                                             finis
        338   On Habel Tash a Contentious Soliciter Hauing
                    A Great beard and A wart on his nose and affected
                             the word, Rationall,
85           Here lies the beard, the wart and all
               of Habell Tash the Rationall
               whether he’s gone I cannott tell
               to Heauen, I hope; but yff to hell
               Questionles, by this his Iurney
               Heele gaine to bee the Di'ells Atturney
               And then ffinds looke to'it for hee swears
               yee shall together all by’th eares
               And weare Hell richer than they fabell
               Beggard all should be by habell
                                                      finis GC:
        339
86           I left this Irkesome world withall my hart
               least worse then death, should happen to my parte
                                                                       finis

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