De KEEL Arm[iger].
Et FRANCISCAE Uxoris ejus
filiae Dni JOHANNIS DRYDEN de ASHBY
CANONUM in Agro NORTHAMPTONIENSI Bart
Quos diu in Vita conjunctos Mors demum separavit,
Et sepultura pariter disjunxit
Ille situs est juxta hoc Marmor, Haec in Ecclesia de WOLSTANTON
Cum Filijs quatuor charissimis
Ille non ex longo Majorum sanguine
Magis quam summa animi munificentia
Et doctrina vere erat nobilis;
Tam morum et eloquii venustate insignis
Quam Ingenij acumine et Literatorum honore;
In quovis scribendi genere facilis, brevis, conspicuus
Cum valetudo per aliquot menses defecerat
Penitus resipiscens obiit Martij IXo. Anno Dni MDCCIII
Aetatis suae LXIV.
Haec quo forma et genere illustrior, eo erat animo et
Gestu humilior, Maritum honorabat, Familiam Liberos
Praecipue fovebat, Pauperes sublevabat, Peregrinos omnes
Decore Proximos quosq[ue] et Vicinos humaniter excipiebat
Ut neminem reperires decedentem non prius devinctum
Mira hujus et honesta morum suavitate, inter negotia
Tamen ita non tota erat occupata, quin largam cujusq[ue]
Diei partem Religioni dicaret; adeoq[ue] beate quantumvis
Repente commutavit vitam Dec XXXI Ao. Dom MDCCXII
Annos ubi compleverat septuaginta
Si solum addideris septimanam
JOHANNES SNEYD Filius Natu Minimus
Extruendum Testamento statuit,
et RADULPHUS SNEYD de BISHTON
Haeres ejus conscriptus posuit
Sacred to the Memory of
Esquire, of Keele
and that of FRANCES his wife
the daughter of Sir JOHN DRYDEN, Bart, of CANONS' ASHBY
whom death finally separated when they had long been joined in life
and the tomb equally has parted.
The former lies close to this stone while the latter lies in the Church of WOLSTANTON
with her four dear children.
He was a truly noble man, more for his outstanding munificence
and the orthodoxy of his spirit than for a long line of ancestors,
and he was as noted for his pleasing demeanour and eloquence as
the sharpness of his wit and the reputation of his writings.
He was eloquent, to the point, and respected in every genre of letters.
After his health had failed for several months, he came to himself and
died on the 9th day of March in the year of Our Lord 1703
in the 64th year of his age.
She, although she was the more distinguished in her beauty and birth,
was all the more humble in her spirit and behaviour: she honoured her husband
and cherished her family and children above all,
she succoured the poor, received all strangers in a decorous and humane
fashion, all who were near and neighbours to her, so that you would find
no-one who would go away who had not previously been captivated by
the wondrous noble charm of her and her behaviour.
However she was not so entirely occupied with her duties
that she did not devote a large part of each day to religion.
And so, as blessedly as can be imagined, she suddenly departed this life
on the 31st day of December in the year of Our Lord 1712,
when she would have completed her 70th year
were you to add merely a week.
JOHN SNEYD their youngest son
determined that this stone
be erected in accordance with their will
and RALPH SNEYD of BISHTON,
his legal heir, set it up.
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