Epitaph* by John Parkhurst

I whom at the cost
Of her own life
My queenly mother
Bore with the pangs of labour
Sleep under this marble
An unfit traveller.
If Death had given me to live longer
That virtue, that modesty,
That obedience of my excellent Mother
That Heavenly courageous nature
Would have lived again in me.
Now, whoever
You are, fare thee well
Because I cannot speak any more, this stone
Is a memorial to my brief life.

*This epitaph is currently thought to have been written for Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour, who vanishes from all historical records in 1550 when she would have been two years old.

From: http://www.historytoday.com/linda-porter/lady-mary-seymour-unfit-traveller

Date: c1550 (original in Latin); ???? (translation in English)

By: John Parkhurst (1511/2-1574/5)

Translated by: ????

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