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Cairo, is mostly on Fridays, to the Burialplaces, to adorn with flowers and boughs the Sepulchres of their relations, to hang a lamp over them, and pour water on their
A veneration for deceased friends and relatives is a favourable trait in the character of a people. This taste for decorating the Tombs occurs in very remote Countries, which hold but little communication with each other, - and prevails equally in South Africa, and in China.'
And our own sweet SHAKESPEARE, with inimitable tenderness, adds,
With fairest flowers, Whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele, I'll sweeten thy sad grave: Thou shalt not lack The flower, that's like thy face, pale primrose ; nor The azur'd hare-bell, like thy veins; no, nor The leaf of eglantine, whom not to slander, Out-sweeten'd not thy breath.
Cymbeline, Act. iv. Sc. 2.
7 Pococke's Descript. of the East, vol. i. p.
192. & TUCKEY's Narrative, p. 382. • Hall's Voyage to The Great Loo-Choo Island,
In 1652, EDWARD Rose, by his Will, directed his body to be buried in the church-yard of Barnes, and bequeathed 51. for making a frame or partition of wood in the church-yard where he had appointed his burying-place, and ordered three Rose trees, or more, to be planted about the place where he should be so interred,—and he also bequeathed to the Minister, Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of Barnes, for the use of the poor of that parish, 201. to be laid out, within three years, in the purchase of an acre of land for the use of the poor,—but he willed, that out of the rents and profits of the same, they should cause the frame and partition of wood to be kept in repair, and the rose trees to be preserved, or others planted in their places, from time to time, as they should decay.10
On the outside of the Church of Barnes, in the South wall, is fixed a small tablet of stone between two of the buttresses, to the memory of Mr. Rose. The
space 10 Rep. x. p. 589.
burial of a relation or repairs,) should remain undigged and undisturbed.?
GEORGE WHITING, by his Will, which is dated in 1709, is equally peremptory,as he declares, that in case the six freestone tombs, and a grave, in which some of his nearest relatives were interred, and the several inscriptions upon them, should at any time be ruined and destroyed, or be so neglected as not to be sufficiently repaired, or in case any other person should be at any time thereafter (besides himself) buried in any of the same ground, that in either of these cases, all the charities and pious gifts by him given, shall cease and determine.3
In 1722, Mr. JOHN GEORGE, by his Nuncupative will, gave to the poor
of Croscombe, in the County of Somerset, 5l. a year, as long as his Tombstone remains unmoved,—and the legacy to cease from the moment his Grave should be
This sum is regularly paid, and distri· Rep. VIII. p. 425. 3 Rep. XII. p. 412.
buted to the Second Poor, upon his Gravestone in the Church of Croscombe.4
In 1728, ELIZABETH BROWN charged a freehold messuage in London, with an annual payment to the poor of the parish of Christ Church, during such time as the stone, which then lay on the body of her husband, should after her burial continue unremoved, or until such time as any other person should be buried under the same stone without the consent of her executors first had in writing,—and in case the stone should be removed after her burial, or any other person should be buried under it without such consent, then the annuity to cease.5
Miss Mary DUNNING, by indenture in 1805, granted a yearly annuity of 6l., upon condition, that herself, and her nephew, The Right Hon. RICHARD BARRÉ Lord ASHBURTON, and any of his descendants, while there was room without disturbing the remains of those that should have been buried before, and The Right Hon. ELIZABETH Dowager Lady ASHBURTON, and MARY DUNNING, late of Walkhampton, should be permitted to retain for their place of interment, the Burial Place on the South side of the Church of Ashburton, called “ Crews's Aisle,” under which The Right Hon. John Lord ASHBURTON, the deceased brother, John DUNNING, Esq., the deceased father, and AGNES the deceased mother of the said MARY DUNNING had been already interred,--and that the same ground should remain undisturbed by any other person,
* Rep. III. p. 392. 5 Rep. iv. p. 88.
and that every other person should be excluded from being interred there, but if the same should be refused to be complied with, she declared that the Annuity should cease.
Miss DUNNING was interred in the burial place called “ Crews's Aisle,”—but The Commissioners are not aware, that the remains of any person have since been deposited there.
* Rep. VII. p. 175.