On Thomas Kemp, who was hanged for sheep stealing:
Here lies the body of Thomas Kemp,
Who lived by wool, but died by hemp;
There’s nothing would suffice this glutton,
But, with the fleece, to steal the mutton;
Had he but work’d and lived uprighter,
He’d ne’er been hung for a sheep biter.
On a tombstone at Wolverhampton, in 1690, are these lines:
Here lies the bones
Of Joseph Jones,
Who eat while he was able;
But once o’erfed,
He dropped down dead,
And fell beneath the table.
When from the tomb,
To met his doom,
He rises amidst sinners;
Since he must dwell
In heav’n or hell,
Take him—which gives best dinners.