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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
An Epitaph of Sir Thomas Gravener, Knight
 
UNDER this stone there lieth at rest
A friendly man, a worthy knight;
Whose heart and mind was ever prest
To favour truth, to further right.
 
The poor’s defence, his neighbour’s aid,        5
Most kind always unto his kin;
That stint all strife, that might be stayed;
Whose gentle grace great love did win.
 
A man, that was full earnest set
To serve his prince at all assays:        10
No sickness could him from it let;
Which was the shortening of his days.
 
His life was good, he died full well;
The body here, the soul in bliss
With length of words why should I tell,        15
Or farther shew, that well known is;
  Since that the tears of more and less,
  Right well declare his worthiness.
Vivit post funera Virtus.
 
 
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