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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 60 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 60
Stoke Poges Church [August 13, 1905]  -Went to Slough, then walked to Stoke Poges Church, 2 mi. [miles], where the poet Gray lies buried. Here he wrote his elegy. It is truly a country churchyard with beautiful oak-studded country around. You cannot see a house near. The "ivy-mantled tower" with its fine old ivy vine 300 years old, still cherises its owls back to the moon complain. A steeple has been put on the battlemented tower since Gray's time. The walls of the church are a sort of cobblestone concrete, 1000 years old or more. Another wing was built of brick about 1500. The portico entrance is of solid oak pieces 200 years old and looks it. The tomb is at the east of the church, within 3 or 4 ft. [feet] of the wall. ::::::::: [Stoke Poges Church] August 13, 1905  Thomas Gray, the Poet. Inscription on the Family Tomb. "In the vault beneath are deposited in hope of a joyful Resurrection the remains of Mary Autrobus. She died unmarried, November 5, 1749. Aged 66.  In the same pious confidence beside here friend and sister, here sleep the remains of Dorothy Gray, widow, the careful tender Mother of many children, one of whom alone had the misfortune to survive here. She died March 11, 1753. Aged 67. Under the same tomb was buried Gray, Aug. 6, 1771, as shown by a tablet on
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