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The Tradescant's Tomb, Garden Museum, London


By Robertr

The Tradescant's Tomb, Garden Museum, London

The tomb of the Tradescants, John the Elder, John the Younger, their wives Jane and Hester and another son named John.
The tomb has an epitaph written by the poet John Aubrey: -
Know, stranger, ere thou pass, beneath this stone
Lie John Tradescant, grandsire, father, son
The last dy'd in his spring, the other two,
Liv'd till they had travelled Orb and Nature through,
As by their choice Collections may appear,
Of what is rare in land, in sea, in air,
Whilst they (as Homer's Iliad in a nut)
A world of wonders in one closet shut,
These famous Antiquarians that had been
Both Gardeners to the Rose and Lily Queen,
Transplanted now themselves, sleep here & when
Angels shall with their trumpets waken men,
And fire shall purge the world, these three shall rise
And change this Garden then for Paradise.

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