The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
Of earth I am formed and maked
Alabaster slab for Ralph Wodford esq (d. 1498).
Subjects: epitaphs; Woodford, Ralph; life, transience of
Ashby Folville, Leicestershire. Alabaster slab for Ralph Wodford esq (d. 1498).
Of erthe I am formed and maked
To erthe I am turned all
Note: Effigy of a naked man in open shroud knotted at head. Collared greyhound
facing to sinister, its head turned round to look up at its master. On either
side of the effigy is a cross, each having a quatrefoil at the intersection of
arms. Each cross rises from a pedestal on a long stem, across which lies a
folded scroll inscribed ‘Disce mori’. Over the head of the
effigy on another folded scroll is the Latin text of Job xix, 25-6: Credo
quod redemptor me us /vivit et novissimo die de / terra surrecturus sum. Et
in / carne mea videbo deum / salvatorum meum. English verses are on a
scroll beneath his feet. Marginal Latin inscription (Hic iacent…).
Greenhill, Frank Allen.
The incised slabs of Leicestershire and Rutland: prefaced by a brief manual of incised slabs.
Leicester: Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, 1958: 27-8.
“Memorials of Ralph Woodford (d.1498), Ashby Folville, Leicestershire: the Death of the Author?”
Recording medieval lives: proceedings of the 2005 Harlaxton Symposium
Ed. Julia Boffey and Virginia Daves. Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2009. 182-8.