(In. Tower, Brass). H. J. Franciscus Thompson
S.T.B. Senior olim Socius ColI. Reg. Oxon ; Publicus Metaphysicae PrÃ¦lector in eadem Universitate, Et hujus Parochiae 32 annos Vicarius: Cujus Pietatem testantur Bona opera, Dei Gratia, felix Senectus. Fidem et spem, in morte secura constantia, & nobilis Exitus: Pastoralem curam, Parochianorum vitae, vota, Lachrymre ; Charitatem, Pauperum, dum vixit, Letitia, cum obijt Gemitus : Comitatem, Omnes Amici, Virtutem, Omnes Boni : Doctrinam, Oxonium, Ob. 31 Augusti, A. Dom. 1735 Ã†tat. 70. Elizabetha, Uxor pia, et Johannes & Gulielmus, Filij, Marrentes (sic) H. P. Ah Marite! Ah Pater! Maritorum Patrum Optime, Vale! Vale! Vale ! Dear to the wise and good, by All approv'd, The Joy of virtue, and Heaven's Well Belov'd! His life inspir'd with every better Art, A learned head, clear Soul, and honest heart, Each science chose his breast her favourite Seat, Each Language, but the Language of Deceipt, Severe his Morals yet his manners kind, A manly form, and a Seraphic Mind. So long he walk'd in virtue's even Road, In him at length, 'twas natural to do good. Like Eden, his old Age (a Sabbath Rest!) Flow'd without Noise, yet all around him blest His Patron, Jesus; with no Titles grac'd, But that best Title, A good Parish priest. Peace with his ashes dwell. And Mortals know, The Saint's above; The dust alone below. The wise and good shall pay their Tribute here, The modest Tribute of one thought and Tear, Then pensive sigh, and say, " To me be given, By living thus on Earth, to reign in Heaven."