“The parish clerk of St. Peter’s, Terrington, has caused his coffin and gravestone to be prepared, although in excellent health. The former he keeps in his sleeping room, and uses as a wardrobe, and the latter stands in the church, ready to be put down when required. The stone contains the following:—
“This aged clerk, long ere he died,“The upper part of the stone contains the name, with blanks for cutting age, &c., when the time of his dissolution shall take place.”
His coffin had and placed by his bedside;
His neighbours all well know the truth is spoke—
’Twas made of Mr. John Perry’s best oak;
His old friend Death just touch’d him with his spear
And in pure kindness laid him quietly here.
Title: Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1 Author: Charles Mackie