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MSS 128, folio 375 recto

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Creator: John Weever 
Repository: The Society of Antiquaries of London, London, UK
Call number and opening: MSS 128, fol. 375r 

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John Weever
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The Society of Antiquaries of London, London, UK
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MSS 128, fol. 375r

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Creator: John Weever 
Repository: The Society of Antiquaries of London, London, UK
Call number and opening: MSS 128, fol. 375r 

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Hic iacet Iohannes Beau-for Armiger filius et Heres          These Beaufores
Humphredi Beau-for et Iohanne vxoris suæ, et idem          are descended from
Iohannes maritavit Elizabetham Tale filiam Roberti           the Norman
Tale militis ob. 1516.                                                          lyne

At Guy Cliffe the dwelling house of Sir Thomas
Beaufor, stands a litle Chapell built by that as ye report goes          Cony Cliffe
Valiant knight & noble worthie so much                                      St Margarets
celebrated Sir Guy of Warwick, who led here                              Chappell
who after hee had borne the brunt of sundry                                 Guy of
troubles & atcheeved many paynfull exploytes led                      Warwick
here an Eremites lyfe & was here buryed.                                    vide Speede
where is to bee seene a mightie & giantlike                                  pag. 365
statue of Stone resembling the sayd Guy
Hee florisht in the dayes of King Athelstane
about the xth yere of whose raigne hee
slew Cobbrand the Danish Gyant in
Hyde mead nere vnto Winchester hee
dyed the yeare 940.
                                                                                       William Shakespeare
              Stratford vpon Avon                                         the famous poet.
                                                                   
Iudicium Pilum, Genio Socratem, Arte Maronem
       Terra tegit, populus mæret, Olympus habet.
Stay Passenger, why goest thou by so fast
Read if thou canst whome envious Death hath plac’t
Within this monument, Shakspeare: with whome
Quick nature dy’d whose name doth deck his Tombe
far more then cost, sith all yat hee hath writt
Leaves living Art but page to serve his witt.
               obiit Anno Domini 1616 Ætatis 53 24 die Aprilis
Good friend for Iesus sake forbeare
To digg the dust enclosed heare
Blest bee ye man that spares these stones                      Vpon the grave
And curst be hee that moves my bones.                         stone.

[[Translation of Latin couplet:
A Nestor in judgment; a Socrates in genius; a Virgil in art:
The Earth conceals him; the people mourn him; Olympus has him.]]

How ere hee lived judg not                                              Iohn Combe
Iohn Combes shall never bee forgot                                a Bachelor
Whylst poore have memorie, for hee did gather             a greate vsurer
To make the poore his issue, hee their father
And record of his Tylth & Seedes
Doth Crowne him in his latest deedes.