Eardwulf of Banbury is no more
Simon de Longueville died at three score
Robert de St Cast wasn’t much stronger
Gilbert of Lincoln didn’t last longer.
contracted Black Death.
passed away of rickets.
drowned in a peat bog.
fell drunk in a ditch.
Murdered by a Parliamentarian.
dead of the ague.
fell off a stage coach.
Old Father Ned
A gargoyle fell on his head.
died of old age.
Mark of Brackley is under the nave altar
And so are John James, and Benjamin Walter.
Roderick Cholmondely, from our squires’ line bred
proved that blue blood is as mortal as red.
And old Fr Ed, and long ago Athelred
They’re all of them dead.
Dead dead dead dead.
Fr Vyvyan’s still alive
But doesn’t really thrive.
(from Melissa Sparrow’s Forthcoming Collection, A Hint of Death in the Morning)