Brass of the Month
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This month's brass is part of a monument bearing the date 1595 that has been mistaken for a date of death.
Edward Gage was a member of a Sussex family whose brasses have provided much information on the activities of Garret Johnson, an immigrant tomb-
Edward married Margaret, daughter of John Shelley of Michelgrove in the parish of Clapham, Sussex. According to the inscription on their monument they had three sons and seven daughters but only one son and five daughters are depicted on the brass. Edward Gage acquired the lease of the rectory of Framfield in 1570 at a time when the chancel, damaged by fire fifty years earlier, was in need of re-
Evidently the one remaining son shown on his brass died before him but he had six daughters who survived to be married, although he outlived three of them, children of these three being named in his inquisition post mortem alongside his three living daughters. Unless a mistake had been made on the brass, he must have had a further daughter after 1595, the date of his monument. This date has been mistaken for his date of death.
It has been acknowledged for some time that this brass, the monuments and brasses ordered by John Gage of West Firle, one of them dated 1595 on the tomb-
The inscription on the alabaster above the Framfield brass reads
HERE LYETH YE BODIE OF EDWARD GAGE ESQVIRE & MARGARETT
HIS WIFE (DAVGHTER OF IOHN SHELLIE OF MICHELGROVE) & HAD 3 SONNES
& SEAVEN DAVGHTERS · ANNO DÕNI · 1595 ·
On the alabaster below the brass:
DOMINE SECVNDVM ACTVM MEVM NOLI ME IVDIARE : NIHIL DIGNVM
IN CONSPECTV TVO EGI : IDEO DEPRECOR MAIESTATEM TVAM VT
TV DEVS DELEAS INIQVITATEM MEAM AMPLIVS LAVA ME
DOMINE AB INIVSTITIA MEA ET A DELICTO MEO MVNDA ME VT
TV DEVS DELEAS INIQVITATEM MEAM
This inscription, from the Office for the Dead also occurs on the monument at Clapham and the translation given by Mrs Davidson-
Judge me not, O Lord, according to my sin: I have done nothing worthy in Thy sight: I beseech Thy Majesty therefore that thou, O God blot out my iniquity. Wash me throughly from my wickedness, O Lord: and cleanse me from my sin, that thou, O God, mayst blot out my iniquity.
Mrs C E D Davidson-