Erþ gette on erþ gersom & gold,
Erþ is þi moder, in erþ is þi mold.
Erþ uppon erþ be þi soule hold;
Er erþe go to erþe, bild þi long bold.
Erþ bilt castles, and erþe bilt toures;
Whan erþ is on erþe, blak beþ þe boures.
Earth goes to Earth, as mold to mold;
Earth treads on Earth, glittering in gold:
Earth as to Earth returne ne’er shoulde;
Earth shall to Earth goe e’er he wolde.
Earth upon Earth consyder may;
Earth goes to Earth naked away.
Earth though on Earth be stowt & gay
Earth shall from Earth passe poore away.
Be mercifull & charitable,
Relieve the poor as thou art able.
A shrowd to the grave
Is all thou shalt have.
Formerly on a tombstone at St. Martin’s, Ludgate, to Florens xxxviiiCaldwell esq. of London & Ann Mary Wilde, his wife