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PARDON BRASSES.
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John, the seventh Earl Warren, was buried in 1305, at Lewes Priory, with an inscription, which Dugdale has preserved :
" Vous qe passer ou bouche close, Prier pour cely ke cy repose : En vie come vous esti jadis fu, Et vous tiel serretz comme je su; Sir Johon Count de Garenne gist icy; Dieu de sa alme eit mercy, Ky pur sa alme priera Trois mill jours de pardon avera."
In the fine church of Herstmonceux, sacred in our own time by its many memories of Julius Hare, his brother and his friends, is a brass to the memory of Sir William Fiennes, an ancestor of the powerful Lords Dacre of the south. The inscription is: " William Ffienles Chiualer, qy morust le xviii jour de Janever l' an del Incarnacon nre [Seigneur] Jh' u Cryst m cccc v gist ycy [Dieu de sa alme eyt mercie] qy pur sa alme devostement Pater noster et Ave priera vj xx jours de pardon en auera." # Here it will be noticed that the precise prayers to be said are named, and instead of fifty days, one hundred and twenty days of pardon are promised.
The subject is one of great curiosity and
* Sussex Archaological Collections\ xxiii., 167.
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