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Elizabeth Melville

Melville Tomb, Collessie, Fife

Contributor: Dr Sarah Ross

Material: Stone

Source: Melville Tomb, Collessie, Fife

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YE·LOADIN*·PILGRIMS·PASSING·LANGS*·THIS WAY·

PANS*·ON·YOVR·FALL·AND·YOVR·OFFENCES·PAST·

HOW·YOVR·FRAIL·FLESH·FIRST·FORMIT·OF·THE·CLAY·

IN·DVST·MON*·BE·DESOLVIT·AT·THE·LAST·

REPENT·AMEND·ON·CHRIST·THE·BVRDEN·CAST·

OF·YOVR·SAD·SINNES·WHO·CAN·YOVR·SAVLS REFRESH·

SYNE*·RAIS·FROM·GRAVE·TO·GLOIR·YOVR·GRISLIE FLESH

 

loadin oppressed, laden

langs along

pans think, dwell

mon must

syne thereafter, then

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DEFYLE·NOT·CHRISTS KIRK·WITH·YOVR·CARRION·

A·SOLEMNE·SAIT·FOR·GODS·SERVICE·PREPARD·

FOR·PRAIER·PREACHING·AND·COMMVNION·

[weather damage] VR [weather damage] LD·BE·IN·THE·KIRKYARD

[weather damage] R·VPRYSING·SET·YOVR·GREAT·REGARD

[weather damage] AVLL·A[weather damage]D·BODY·IOYNES·WITH·IOY·TO·RING*

IN·HEAVEN·FOR·AY·WITH·CHRIST·OVR·HEAD·AND·KING·

 

For the damaged lines, Reid Baxter proposes: ‘Your burial suld be in the kirkyaird / On your uprysing set your great regard / Quhen saull and body ioynes with joy to ring’ (see Jamie Reid Baxter, Poems of Elizabeth Melville, Lady Culross (Edinburgh: Solsequium, 2010), p. 71).

ay always, ever

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