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Thanks to Michael Andrews-Reading, frequent contributor to Gen-Medieval@rootsweb.com photographing the:
"Translation of the Inscription on the Monument to William Cecil, Lord Burghley"
"The inscription on this monument is contained within three panels; two on the south (Chancel) side, and one on the north (Chapel) side."
"Sacred to God most good and great, and to memory. The most honourable and far renowned Lord William Cecil, Baron of Burghley, Lord High Treasurer of England, President of the Court of Wards, knight of the most noble order of the Garter, Privy Counsellor to the most serene Elizabeth, Queen of England, &c., and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, under this tomb awaits the second coming of Christ :
"Who for the excellent endowments of his mind, was first made Privy Counsellor to Edward the sixth, King of England; afterwards to Queen Elizabeth: under whom being intrusted with the greatest and most weighty affairs of this kingdom, and above all others approved, in promoting the true religion, and providing for the safety and honour of the commonwealth; by his prudence, honesty, integrity, and great services to the nation, he obtained the highest honours: and when he had lived long enough to nature, long enough to glory, but not long enough to his country, quietly fell asleep in Christ.
"He had two wives: Mary, sister of Sir John Cheeke, knight, of whom he begat one son, Thomas, now Baron of Burghley; and Mildred, daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, knight, who bore to him Sir Robert Cecil, knight, Privy Counsellor to Queen Elizabeth and President of the Court of Wards; Anne married to Edward, Earl of Oxford; and Elizabeth to William Wentworth, eldest son of Baron Wentworth."