Edward of Woodstock known as the Black Prince. Charismatic and strong military leader, whose victories over the French during the battle of Poitiers and Crecy made him a national hero for some time. Knighted for Crecy by his father Edward III. The tomb is decorated with a bronze sculpture representing Edward. His life was summarised by the epitaph on his tomb, which he had stated in his will.
Thou, who silent passest by,
Where this corpse interr’d doth lie
Hear what to thee I now shall show,
Words that from Experience flow:
As thou art, once the world saw me;
As I am, so thou once shalt be.
I little could my death divine,
When Life’s bright Lamp did sweetly shine;
Vast wealth did o’er my Coffers flow,
Which I as freely did bestow;
Great Store of Mansions I did hold,
Land, Wardrobes, Horses, Silver, Gold.
But now I am all bereft,
And deep in Ground alone am left:
My once admir’d Beauty’s gone,
My flesh is wasted to the Bone.
A narrow House doth me contain,
All that I speak is true and plain;
And, if you should behold me here,
You’d hardly think (I justly fear)
That e’er the World to me, did bow,
I am so chang’d and alter’d now.
For God’s sake, pray to Heaven’s high King
To shade my Soul with Mercy’s Wing,
All those that try on bended knee
To reconcile my God and me
God place them in his Paradise
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