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,

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:

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,

Or farther shew, that well known is;

Since that the tears of more and less,

Right well declare his worthiness.

Vivit post funera Virtus.