The following lines are on the tombstone of Peter Snell, for 35 years parish clerk of Crayford, Kent, England:
The life of this clerk was just three score and ten,
During half of which time he had sang out, amen!
In his youth he married, like other young men;
His wife died one day, so he chanted, amen!
A second he took, she departed, — what then?
He married and buried a third with — amen!
Thus his joys and his sorrows were treble, but then
His voice was deep bass, as he chanted, amen!
On the horn he could blow as well as most men,
But his horn was exalted in blowing, amen!
He lost all his wind after three score and ten,
And here with three wives he waits till again
The trumpet shall rouse him to sing out, amen!